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Canucks sign ‘very skilled’ Dahlen to entry-level contract

The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Jonathan Dahlen to a three-year entry level contract.

Dahlen, acquired from Ottawa in the trade that sent Alex Burrows to the Senators, was the 42nd overall pick in the 2016 draft.

“Jonathan is a very skilled player with good hands and goal-scoring abilities,” said GM Jim Benning. “He had a terrific year playing in Sweden and we’re excited to see him at training camp as he continues to grow and develop into an NHL player.”

Dahlen, 19, scored 25 goals for Timra this season and was named the best junior player in the second-tier Allsvenskan.

His signing is a bit of good news for the Canucks, who had some disappointing news yesterday with the departure of defenseman Nikita Tryamkin to the KHL.

The Canucks’ original plan was for Dahlen to start next season in the AHL, but it seems a return to Sweden is also an option.

Canucks offered Tryamkin two-year extension, ‘disappointed’ by KHL departure

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Vancouver has responded to Nikita Tryamkin’s surprising decision to leave the team, and sign in his native Russia.

“We are disappointed Nikita chose to sign in the KHL, but also recognize from what he told us in our exit meetings that this was a family decision first,” Canucks GM Jim Benning said in a statement. “He has a chance to be an impact player in the NHL and we offered him a two-year extension.

“But for now he is home and we will move ahead with building this team with other young players.”

Tryamkin, 22, was taken 66th overall by the Canucks at the ’14 draft, and made his NHL debut last season.

This year started slowly — he was held out of the first few weeks to work on his conditioning — but after getting in a groove, he was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dim campaign. Tryamkin scored nine points in 66 games, averaging 16:44 TOI per night while emerging as one of the team’s most physically imposing players.

At 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds, Tyramkin is a towering presence and losing him will undoubtedly hurt the Canucks moving forward. Per the Province, Tryamkin told a Russian media outlet he was displeased with his playing time and role in Vancouver, believing he could have seen more TOI.

The Canucks can retain Tryamkin’s NHL rights through 2022, so long as they make him a qualifying offer by June 27 (per Canucks Army).

Nikita Tryamkin has apparently left the Canucks and returned to the KHL (Updated)

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After one full season in Vancouver, it appears towering defenseman Nikita Tryamkin is headed back to Russia.

The KHL reported Thursday morning that Tryamkin has returned to Yekaterinburg Automobilist, where he played prior to joining the Canucks toward the end of the 2015-16 season.

The Canucks selected the six-foot-seven-inch, 265-pound Tryamkin in the third round of the 2014 draft.

Given his size and at times ferocious play, he was becoming a fan favorite in Vancouver while showing potential he could perhaps one day be a top-four defenseman.

He was at the end of a two-year contract with an annual cap hit of $925,000. This season, he played in 66 games, scoring twice with nine points. He also averaged 16:44 of ice time, which was seventh among Canucks defensemen.

At this point, there are more questions than answers when it comes to why, exactly, Tryamkin made this decision. But it appears the ice time he received this past season — under former coach Willie Desjardins — is one of the reasons for his departure.

“Getting decent playing time. But not for 12 minutes in the game to come out. This I do not want,” said Tryamkin, according to a Google translation from The Province.

“I have experienced these feelings. When you do, I would not get pleasure from the game and (instead) just sit, look and realize that there’s nothing you can do.”

This news comes just hours after the Canucks revealed forward Brendan Gaunce will have shoulder surgery, with a potential recovery time reported to be four to six months.

Flames goalie Brian Elliott earned his 10th straight victory

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Remember that poor start to the season for Brian Elliott?

It was only in October, although it might be difficult for Calgary Flames fans to recall such a time, especially considering the run their team was just on and the run Elliott is currently enjoying as their starting goalie.

The Flames defeated the Dallas Stars on Friday. The Stars, having played the night before, were without captain Jamie Benn due to an apparent eye injury suffered in a fight with Nikita Tryamkin of the Canucks.

Calgary moves back ahead of Edmonton for third in the Pacific Division, as the Oilers slide back into a wild card spot.

Elliott made a tidy 24 saves, tested mostly during the second period. He has now won each of his last 10 starts — a stretch that has included consecutive shut outs and a 32-save effort against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

While the Flames have become a much better puck possession team with an offense carried by more than just Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, their improvements at the goaltender position last summer shouldn’t be overlooked.

Despite a difficult start — 14 goals allowed in his first three games with Calgary — Elliott has provided them with particularly good goaltending for some time now, although this has been his most impressive stretch of the season.

The Flames host the L.A. Kings on Sunday.

The Stars will be without Jamie Benn versus the Flames

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The Dallas Stars visit the Calgary Flames tonight, following a win in Vancouver on Thursday. Unfortunately for the Stars, they will be without Jamie Benn.

The Stars’ captain was hurt during a fight with towering Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin and has now been listed as out with an upper-body injury, according to coach Lindy Ruff.

The injury didn’t occur from any punches, but instead from a glove to the face from the much larger Tryamkin, who is listed at 6’7″ and 265 pounds.

As you’ll see in the video above, Tryamkin didn’t remove his left glove until toward the end of the scrap.

“He got scratched, saw the eye doctor, got a glove in the eye,” Ruff said of Benn, per Mark Stepneski of the Stars’ website.

The fight occurred late in the second period, and Benn didn’t return for the third period. Benn is second on the Stars in total scoring, with 63 points in 66 games.