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Nikita Tryamkin Lands in Vancouver

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One man enters, while one man leaves the organization. The gigantic Russian is the flavor of the week here in Vancouver. While Brandon Prust seems to have lost his taste for life in Utica.

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Nikita Tryamkin donned a Canucks jersey for the first time this morning (note to training staff: try to find one that actually fits him) and skated on his own at UBC. Video emerged, Canucks Twitter chimed in, and a good time was had by all.

It's been a whirlwind few hours for the Vancouver Canucks newest D project.

Jannik Hansen, Brandon Sutter and skills coach Glenn Carnegie took to the ice with No. 88. Sutter fed Trymakin some one timers!

We learned some Russian.

Beat writers on Twitter had fun trying to convert 220 cm to an Imperial measure, finally settling on 6 ft 7.5 in. He's 240 lbs.

We learned he isn't shy about boasting, and that he's not going to Utica.

And finally, that he follows Canucks Twitter, so we know he can take punishment, I guess.

After full practice, in which Henrik Sedin took part incidentally, some Canucks players weighed in on their new big Russian teammate.

Pass it to Bulis says Tryamkin is worth the hype. How he does will help Jim Benning determine what he needs to add on D for next year. While Thomas Drance at Sportsnet.ca says he may face long odds, in a league where ability to keep pace, not a player's size, is the prototype for a shutdown defenceman.

Meanwhile, the Canucks and Brandon Prust have mutually agreed that he would head home and rehab his ankle, in preparation for unrestricted free agency. Evidently he was still feeling ankle pain while playing for thee Comets. Carol Schram of HockeyBuzz speculates this could allow the Canucks to put Prust on LTIR and free up cap space.