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April 20, 2017 | 1:52pm ET
Tryamkin to return to KHL

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin has made the decision to follow in the footsteps of Pavel Datsyuk and has returned to the KHL.

News first broke of Tryamkin's departure on Wednesday, with the Canucks officially acknowledging his decision Thursday morning.

Canucks GM Jim Benning released the following statement via the Canucks' Twitter account earlier today:

"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. 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, picked up two goals, seven assists and 64 penalty minutes in 66 games with the Canucks this season.

He left the KHL last season to join the Canucks, where he played in 13 games.


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