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via Edmonton press release,
The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have signed winger Zack Kassian to a one-year contract.
Kassian, 25, appeared in 36 games with the Oilers last season, posting eight points (3G, 5A) and 114 penalty minutes.
The 6’3”, 217-pound winger has appeared in 234 career NHL games, accumulating 74 points (38G, 36A) and 421 penalty minutes. He has also played in eight playoff games, posting six penalty minutes.
The Windsor, Ontario native was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1st round, 13th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft.
Kassian was a Memorial Cup Champion in 2010 with the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires, along with current Oilers forward Taylor Hall.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced the acquisition of goaltender Ben Scrivens from the Edmonton Oilers on Monday in return for forward Zack Kassian.
Scrivens, 29, displays a 2-6-1 record in 10 games thus far this season with the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors, along with a 3.47 goals against average and a .893 save percentage.
The 6’2’’ and 181 lb goaltender shows a 42-56-17 record with seven shutouts in 129 career regular season games in the NHL. A native of Spruce Grove, Alberta, he has maintained a 2.90 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. In the NHL, Scrivens has suited up for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings and Oilers.
A product of the ECAC’s Cornell Big Red, Scrivens registered a 65-37-13 record in 117 games at the collegiate level. He completed 19 shutouts and displayed a 1.93 goals against average.
The 24-year old Kassian registered one goal and 13 penalty minutes in five pre-season games with the Canadiens. The Windsor, Ontario native was acquired by the Canadiens from the Vancouver Canucks in return for Brandon Prust on July 1, 2015.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (Dec. 15, 2015) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that forward Zack Kassian of the Montreal Canadiens has been returned to available status and has entered the follow-up care phase of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.
Kassian’s care continues to be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA SABH Program.
TORONTO/NEW YORK (October 5, 2015) -- The National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League announced today that forward Zack Kassian of the Montreal Canadiens has been placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA.
Under the terms of the joint program, Kassian will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.
Kassian's care will be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA SABH Program.
Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin reacts to the news of Zack Kassian’s car accident, says he doesn’t know all the details yet, but it’s a lack of character and judgement on his part.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
The Canadiens’ quiet preseason, one that offered little in the way of controversy, exploded on Twitter early Sunday morning following a pre-dawn crash that saw a truck drive into a tree on Clanranald Ave., near the corner of Côte-St-Luc Rd.
An unidentified 20-year-old woman was driving the truck and an 18-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were passengers in the vehicle in the crash that occurred around 6 a.m., according to Montreal police. A relatively minor accident, with the male passenger taken to the Montreal General with injuries that are apparently minor.
It’s the kind of thing happens every day and doesn’t rate even a paragraph in the newspaper, except the man was one Zack Adam Kassian, winger for the Montreal Canadiens, the one who arrived in Montreal from the Vancouver Canucks with a couple of heavy pieces of baggage, one labelled “party animal” and the other marked “lazy underachiever.”
We can now put a check next to box No. 1. Box No. 2 remains to be seen, although Kassian’s work ethic didn’t wow anyone during camp.
The general good news is no one was seriously hurt. The good news for Kassian is he wasn’t driving and he isn’t facing DUI charges. But when you come to town with a reputation, your behaviour is going to be scrutinized. And when you’re involved in something like this before the season starts, the level of scrutiny will be off the charts.
via the Montreal Gazette,
Three people have non-life-threatening injuries after a pickup truck crashed into a tree in the Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough of Montreal Sunday morning.
A 20-year old woman was driving the truck, and a 24-year-old man and 18-year-old woman were passengers in the vehicle, said Montreal police spokesperson Manuel Couture.
A witness to the scene said the 24-year-old man is Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian.
“He was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident on Clanranald Ave. where the accident took place. He described the man as a big guy, who he thought looked familiar.
“He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall,” Petrenko told the Montreal Gazette.
The witness says the man was brought into the lobby of his residential building. He was asked by paramedics if he knew where he was, to which he replied “Quebec,” said Petrenko.
When asked his name, Petrenko said the man responded “Zack Kassian.”
“I can play physical, I can grind it, and I like the cycle game, but at the same time, I like to make plays and I like to score goals. When I’m at my best, I can do both. When you’re young and you come into the league, you have to kind of find your role and find what you can do. There were a lot of bumps in the road, but I think over the years, I gained a lot of maturity. I’m excited to be part of the Canadiens and I’m excited to have a fresh start and become the player I can be.”
-Zack Kassia of the Montreal Canadiens. More at the Canadiens' website.
Kerry Frase of TSN answers an email...
In the Ducks-Canucks game, Patrick Maroon was going to take a tripping call. He turned to Kassian and said "let's go" as Kassian had been encouraging him to fight for 3 games. Maroon then quickly threw his stick down with a 'fake" gloves drop and then he put his hands over his ears and turned his back until he felt a punch, then he dropped the gloves and "drew" the even up call. Yes a good play on his part.....if you think all diving/embellishing is an acceptable play.
But my question is why do the refs fall for that? And do they like being shown up when they see it on replay? Should he get fined by the NHL for embellishment?
Turning to engage and invite an opponent to fight and then 'turtle' is definitely a form of embellishment that, in my opinion, is definitely worthy of a fine. A player that resorts to this in this type of unmanly behavior is doing so purely for the purpose of attempting to draw a penalty. A minor for unsportsmanlike conduct and/or misconduct penalty for "inciting" can also be imposed to a player that is guilty of this form of conduct (Rule 75.4 iii & v).
We shouldn't just focus our attention on Patrick Maroon here for his successful attempt to draw Zack Kassian into incurring a penalty. The game footage shows that Maroon turned and said something to Kassian, faced the Vancouver player and did drop his stick prior to using his gloves as ear-muffs. This was an absolute 'dumb' penalty for Zach Kassian to incur and negate a Canuck power play when Maroon was being whistled for tripping Henrik Sedin.
read on and watch the incident below...
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
Teams have called but the trade value of Kassian is sliding like the price of oil. And unless general manager Jim Benning can acquire a player of similar stature in return — a big body for a big body — then the Canucks would become an even smaller club trying to rub shoulders with the big boys in California. If not for an ankle injury to Brad Richardson, Kassian wouldn’t have play Monday because the only motivational card coach Willie Desjardins can play is the healthy-scratch card. That’s because the wide-eyed boyish enthusiasm that Kassian exuded and cut him some slack has gone away and those dozen points in 19 games to close out last season seem like a mirage. Even advanced statistics don’t help Kassian’s cause because the opposition is scoring at will against him at even strength.
The fear has always been that giving up on Kassian may only see him catch fire with another club. That’s understandable. He has the tools but in his fourth season, he has 27 goals in 187 career NHL games. Kassian did miss five games with a knee injury this season and a Nov. 25 finger fracture kept him out until Jan. 3, so there’s something to be said for being out of sight and out of sync.
As a physical force and potential 20-goal scorer, who has another year left at $2 million US, he’s a good fit. As an unproductive and inconsistent enigma, the bigger fear may be hanging on to a project who has become a problem. It’s up to Kassian to change that conversation.
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added 9:04am, Watch below as Ference says he was surprised it was a penalty..
Andrew Ference spent the post-game interviews subsequent to his Oilers' 3-2 loss to Vancouver insisting that this hit on Canucks forward Zack Kassian was clean (and Kassian was at least not hurt on the "check to the head" penalty-earning play), but I can't think of a better textbook example of why hits that involve driving UPWARD absolutely must, must, must not only involves fines and suspensions, but must also be eliminated from the game, from general managers and coaches' edicts on down to players no longer tolerating hits in which players do not aim for the center of their opponent's mass and NO HIGHER than their chests. Ever.
I don't think that Ference is a "dirty player," and he may not have intended to hit Kassian in the head, but whether it's Niklas Kronwall, Andrew Ference or Zack Kassian delivering these kinds of hits, they've got to be eliminated from the game. It's 2014. NHL players are talented enough to modify their checking to avoid intentionally or unintentinoally concussing their opponents.
The Edmonton Journal's David Staples believes that the hit will doubtlessly yield a suspension, though he points out that Kassian is generally the kind of player delivering these hits (if Ference is "no choir boy," Kassian is Nelson Muntz)...
Here is the suspension video...
The NHL has announced Zack Kassian of the Vancouver Canucks will have a hearing today for this hit on Brenden Dillon of the Dallas Stars. I do believe it is hearing via a phone call.
Kassian received 5 for boarding and a game, the Canucks lost 6-1.
via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
On the Brendan Dillon injury (Lindy Ruff):
“I was relieved to get him back. It was definitely a shot from behind. Those are tough hits and the best retribution is make the other team play on the power play. He didn’t come from a long way but Dillon was in a bad position when he got hit.”
Wil post more including video when available.
added 7:43pm, Watch below, the Kassian suspension explanation video first followed by the Weise video.
Vancouver Canucks right wing Zack Kassian will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday for a high-sticking incident during a preseason game against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night at Rexall Place.
Kassian was offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing as required by provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for any suspension that can exceed five games.
Here is a better video of the incident via Sportsnet.
Per Bob McKenzie on TSN Trade Centre, Vancouver trades Cody Hodgson to Buffalo for Zack Kassian.
added 3:46pm, more to the trade, Canucks get Marc-Andre Gragnani, Sabres receive Alexander Sulzer
If the Buffalo Sabres are supposed to falter and fall short of once again being a major player in the Eastern Conference, someone forgot to tell head coach Lindy Ruff..
“Our goal here is to win the Stanley Cup,” Ruff told the local media this week. “We might as well talk about that - because I think our team, with the additions we’ve made and where we were at last year, should be able to challenge for it.”
Here is the latest from Sabres training camp: