VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 16: Nikita Tryamkin #88 of the Vancouver Canucks takes to the ice by himself during pregame warmup prior to their NHL game against the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Arena March 16, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Avalanche won 3-1. (Photo by Derek Cain/Vancouver Canucks)

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning provided the following statement in regards to defenceman Nikita Tryamkin’s decision to return to the KHL 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.”