Nikita Tryamkin smallerNikita Tryamkin

at 6’7 and 228 lbs. is definitely big enough, but can he back up his physical style of play when someone wants to drop the gloves with him? Trust me, there will come a time this season when someone gets pissed off with one of his hits and challenges him.

I found a Nikita Tryamkin hit from the KHL (he’s No.81) so we know what we’ve seen in the NHL, like the Nikita Tryamkin hit on a Duck player – is the way he plays the game. What we don’t know is how he will do come the fisticuffs.

There was a lot of research to find any evidence of him ever fighting in the KHL, but I did find Nikita Tryamkin’s fight (he’s No.8). From what you can see, he didn’t do to bad.

What I also found in watching a number of KHL fights is that not many know how to engage and actually throw them. If they tried that in the NHL with some of the known tough guys – they would be KO’d.

I had to put on my memory cap to remember when the Canucks ever had someone of Tryamkin’s size. For many of you it was before you were born.

Bob Dailey 78935517Drafted by the Canucks

three years after they entered the NHL in 1973 was Bob Dailey, at 6’5, 200 lbs. At that time was one of, if not, the biggest player in the NHL at that time.

He was the ninth pick in round one. Subsequently, he was also drafted that same year by the WHA which was trying to grab the NHL’s market.

He was a decent hockey player who also had some offensive talent and being a right-handed shot, played on the power-play. In 1974-75 he registered 12G, 36A, 103 PIM. The following season his totals were 15G, 24A, 119 PIM.

In those days the NHL played 78 games and Dailey played in four seasons 76, 70, 67, and 44 games. During the  1976-77 season Daily was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Canucks in returned received two defensemen – Jack McIlhargey and Larry Goodenough.

McIlhargey, who was also a tough customer, was a real fan favourite. Not gifted with a lot of skill, he had a heart of a warrior.

Dailey’s trade turned out ot be his only Stanley Cup Final appearance. Unfortunately the Flyers played the Montreal Canadiens in that final and lost. Had he been traded the season before he would have been on a Stanley Cup winner.

During 1977-78

Dailey had his career year with 21G, 36A, and 62 PIM. Three seasons later in the 1981-82 season, having played just 12 games he suffered a career ending ankle injury and at 28, forced to retire.

Coming back to where I started with Tryamkin, my original impression got solidified the more I saw him play as a Canuck. I see him fitting in on the third pairing. I also believe that he will move up in the depth chart as he proves he belongs in the NHL.

He’s the type of player that this team desperately needs.

Ice Bits

With the news that the Leaf’s goalie Fredrik Andersen will miss 3-4 weeks, that’s not the way for that team to start a new season.

Manny Malhotra would be a great Canuck addition if only just to work with the young centremen on face-offs. I for one, do not feel that Kris Versteeg would make a good addition to the Canucks. This team needs some more grit up front, not more of same old, same old.

Jim Benning’s patience, other teams cap space, and roster numbers, will bring the tough winger the Canucks need. Interesting comment from Canadiens’ Carey Price, that Shea Weber suits the team better than P.K. Subban.

World Cup top lines for six of the entries.


Brad Marchand (BOS) Sidney Crosby (PIT) Patrice Bergeron (BOS)


Patrik Laine (WPG) Aleksander Barkov (FLA) Jussi Jokinen (FLA)

North America

Jonathan Drouin (TAM) Connor McDavid (EDM) Mark Scheifele (WPG)


Alex Ovechkin (WAS) Evgeny Kuznetsov (WAS) Nikita Kucherov (TAM)


Daniel Sedin (VAN) Henrik Sedin (VAN) Loui Eriksson (VAN)


Max Pacioretty (MTL) Joe Pavelski (SJS) Patrick Kane (CHI)


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