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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: