The Vancouver Canucks were reportedly looking to ink team draft selection and KHL defenseman Nikita Tryamkin on Wednesday afternoon, after the blue liner’s KHL club – Yekaterinburg Avtomobilist – was eliminated from the KHL’s playoffs.
The team reportedly had cap issues that would have prevented the contract, but that seems to be no longer a problem; per TSN Radio Vancouver, the 21 year old Tryamkin is reportedly now under contract and en route to Vancouver for the team.
Drafted 66th overall by the Canucks in 2014, Tryamkin – who stands at 6 foot 8 and 231 lbs – finished his 2015-16 campaign with Avtomobilist with four goals and 11 points in 53 regular season games, accompanied by 71 PIM and an assist in the team’s six-game post-season series. His four points in three MHL games with Avtomobilist’s junior club the year prior suggested that he now plays at too high a level to remain in the junior system, which may be why the Canucks took what they saw this year and decided he’s ready for the jump to North America.
The biggest question now, of course, is how the team worked their contract situation out to ensure that the blue liner could enter the team’s system. Prior to the reports of the Tryamkin signing, the team was only at 46 of a potential 50 contracts, but a $3.3 million cap hit for forward Brandon Sutter (who could return before the end of the year) leaves the club already over the cap when fully healthy; it will be interesting to see how Tryamkin was able to fit into the system without cap penalties headed Vancouver’s way.