Canucks GM Benning denies a deal is done with Tryamkin

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Earlier in the day, it was reported that the Canucks had struck a deal with prospect Nikita Tryamkin and that the towering defenseman was on his way to Vancouver.

The Canucks selected Tryamkin, listed at six-foot-eight-inches tall, with the 66th overall pick in the 2014 draft. His season in the KHL had just wrapped up and the rebuilding Canucks do intend to get him under contract — perhaps before the end of the NHL regular season.

However, later Friday afternoon, Canucks general manager Jim Benning denied that a deal had been done between the two sides, as per Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun.

If they do get him signed before the end of the NHL season, Tryamkin will report to the Canucks. His KHL contract doesn’t expire until April 30.

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