Posts Tagged ‘Zack Kassian’

Top Line: James Neal gets away with mayhem; longest NHL game; more

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By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• James Neal of the Penguins is the poster child for everything that’s wrong with NHL discipline, says former referee Paul Stewart. Neal’s unrestrained recklessness reflects a lack of control on the part of Pittsburgh’s leadership and the league’s justice system.

• The great Dave Stubbs offers up an absolute must-read today with his recreation of the longest game ever played. This is as fine a piece on hockey history as you’ll see.

• It’s not that Henrik Sedin was injured again last night. It’s how he got hurt that reveals how poorly coach John Tortorella has managed his assets this season and explains why he likely won’t be back behind Vancouver’s bench next season.

Zack Kassian of the Canucks has always had the tools. Last night against his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, he played like he had the toolbox, too.

• “Life is a series of adjustments,” says David Poile. Nashville’s GM is making a big one now as he copes with the loss of sight in his right eye.

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  • Published On Mar 24, 2014
  • VIDEO: Canucks’ Kassian suspended three games for boarding penalty

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    By Nick Stoico

    Due to a dangerous boarding penalty inflicted on Dallas Stars defensemen Brenden Dillon, Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian has been suspended for three games, without pay, by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

    Kassian will miss home games against the Calgary Flames and the New York Islanders, as well as the first of a four-game road trip for Vancouver. Kassian will be eligible to return Friday, March 14 when the Canucks travel to Washington to face the Capitals.

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  • Published On Mar 07, 2014
  • Top Line: Roberto Luongo trolls Canucks; Lidstrom honored; more links

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    John Tortorella and the Vancouver Canucks

    John Tortorella’s former goalie took delight in the Canucks getting waxed in Dallas. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Roberto Luongo let everyone back in Vancouver know that he hadn’t forgotten them by trolling his old team during their 6-1 loss to the Stars. Is there a word for something that’s funny and depressing at the same time?

    • Was Thursday night the beginning of the end for John Tortorella? The Canucks played like a team that was trying to get its coach fired.

    • This might not be the exact moment that Vancouver’s season ended up in a ditch, but it’s probably pretty close. Zack Kassian’s looking at a two-to-three game ban for this one.

    • Tim Thomas wasn’t between the pipes for the Stars, but Dallas believes that the 2011 Vezina Tophy winner can be a difference maker down the stretch. Look for him to get his first start next week.

    • If Nick Lidstrom had gotten his way, a different number would have been honored by the Red Wings last night.

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  • Published On Mar 07, 2014
  • Top Line: Thornton decision today; Kassian’s garbage move; more links

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    Shawn Thornton will be punished after his fight with Pittsburgh's Bruce Orpik ended up with Orpik leaving the game on a stretcher.

    Boston’s Shawn Thornton sent Pittsburgh’s Bruce Orpik out of a game on a stretcher. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The NHL is expected to announce the Shawn Thornton suspension at any moment today. Amalie Benjamin explains why the Bruins wanted to delay yesterday’s hearing as long as possible.

    • If there’s any leadership in the Vancouver Canucks locker room at all, someone took Zack Kassian aside and tore him a new one after this no-class move in last night’s game against the Oilers.

    • Uh-oh. Buzzfeed has seen through the carefully crafted facade and figured out that hockey players aren’t ill-mannered knuckle walkers, but actually big, cuddly sweethearts. Quick … someone sneak James Neal into a game before anyone else finds out!

    • Or even David Clarkson, who is headed to his second meeting of the season with the Department of Player Safety after as a result of a nasty hit on St. Louis’ Vladimir Sobotka. Not very cuddly at all, that one.

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  • Published On Dec 14, 2013
  • Jamming The Crease: Isles must trade for goalie; Kassian in awful spot; more

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    Kevin Poulin isn't the answer to the New York Islanders' goaltending woes.

    The Islanders are a wreck in goal as their postseason outlook starts to dim. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Even as Evgeni Nabokov nears a return to action for the Islanders, Newsday’s Arthur Staple speculated on Wednesday that the team could be on the verge of making a deal to solve its season-long goalie issues.

    The sooner, the better. Neither Nabokov nor young Kevin Poulin has done anything this season to suggest that he can help New York leapfrog the five teams between it and the third playoff spot in the weak-sister Metropolitan Division. But is there a deal to be made for a goalie who could help improve the Islanders’ already slim postseason chances?

    The Hurricanes’ Anton Khudobin is intriguing — athletic and competitive, but hardly a proven commodity. The Ducks’ Jonas Hiller would be an upgrade, but the trading price for him in picks/prospects would be a little steep at this point.

    That leaves Sabres goalie Ryan Miller as the obvious choice, but the risk involved in swapping for Buffalo’s netminder would be high — for both sides.

    There’s no reason for the Sabres to do anything to help New York. Remember, Buffalo acquired, conditionally, the Islanders’ first-round pick in 2014, as well as a second-rounder in ’15, as part of the Thomas Vanek for Matt Moulson deal. It’s in the Sabres’ best interest then to see New York fail.

    And even if Islanders GM Garth Snow was willing to pay Buffalo’s price (a high pick and a solid, though not elite, prospect), it might mean putting his job on the line. Miller and Vanek are pending UFAs, and if both walked after Snow had emptied New York’s coffers to acquire them, the losses would be devastating to the franchise.

    So what’s likely to happen? Look for Snow to make two smaller deals: one to acquire a goalie with some longer-term potential, and one for a veteran defenseman to shore up the Islanders’ shaky blue line.

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  • Published On Dec 05, 2013
  • Top Line: Line brawl erupts in Toronto; Shanahan’s busy day; more links

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    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • There was nothing wrong with a tough guy like Buffalo’s John Scott looking to start something in the Sabres’ preseason tilt against the Maple Leafs on Sunday night. The problem is that he picked on superstar forward Phil Kessel. That stupid decision prompted a line brawl that featured Ryan Miller going at it with Jonathan Bernier and led to David Clarkson hopping over the boards to protect Kessel. If you start your day hand-milling granola while wearing your favorite Birkenstocks, you might not want to watch as the carnage unfolds.

    • Damien Cox points the finger of blame at Buffalo coach Ron Rolston.

    • Here’s a look at the penalties handed out after the fray. Nice job by the stripes, there.

    • Clarkson is all but certain to get 10 games for joining the fray. Kessel’s stick-swinging may cost him a couple of games as well. Now here’s a very interesting twist: the cap hits of suspended players remain on the books, so the Leafs, who were considering carrying just 21 players to stay in compliance, now face the challenge of making the numbers work while some good money sits on the sidelines.

    • Sorting out that mess is only one of the headaches awaiting NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan this morning. He also has to deal with Vancouver’s Zack Kassian and the careless stick that broke Sam Gagner’s jaw (video).

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  • Published On Sep 23, 2013
  • Top Line: Jarome Iginla trade reacts, Craig Anderson’s return, more links

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    The Calgary Sun's front page headline about the Jarome Iginla trade.

    While you were sleeping…the headline says it all. (Courtesy of the Calgary Sun)

    By Allan Muir

    A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories about Jarome Iginla…and other stuff:

    • We’ve got several reacts to the late-night trade that sent Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh and solidified the Penguins’ standing as the prohibitive Stanley Cup favorites: the Penguins’ web site, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the CBC, the Globe and Mail, CSNNE, the Calgary Herald, the Calgary Sun, the Edmonton Journal and the Boston Herald.

    In other news…

    • The Flames managed to play a hockey game last night without Iginla. They even managed to win it to pull within four points of a playoff spot.

    • Good news in Ottawa, where goaltender Craig Anderson is close to a return to action.

    • Rookie sensation Brendan Gallagher called Montreal’s thrilling 6-5 shootout win over Boston the “funnest” game of his career. Probably the “funnest” game to watch this season, too. Here’s hoping these two teams meet up in the playoffs and give us seven more games like it.

    • Montreal’s top prospect, North Dakota winger Danny Kristo, looks to close out his college career with an NCAA title.

    • Zack Kassian is learning how to cope with the high expectations of a hockey-mad Vancouver market.

    • Roberto Luongo has been the consummate pro as he waits for the approaching trade and his next start.

    • The Minnesota Wild are playing postseason-style hockey during their seven-game winning streak.

    • The Winnipeg Jets won’t shed the same team, different sweater label until they distance themselves from their Atlanta past with a playoff berth.

    • Joe Thornton is a Howard Stern fan. Some guy from Howard’s show was at the Sharks game last night. The Sharks won. The guy is now a lucky charm. Or something. Go ahead and see for yourself.

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  • Published On Mar 28, 2013
  • The sweet new lives of Cody Hodgson and Zack Kassian

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    Cody Hodgson and Zack Kassian

    Cody Hodgson and Zack Kassian are blossoming on their teams’ top lines. (Jeff Vinnick/Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Everyone knows that the true impact of a trade can only be determined down the road. Time, after all, reveals more truth than does a gut reaction.

    But even if we’re scarcely out of the driveway on the Feb. 27, 2012 deal that saw the Buffalo Sabres send Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani to Vancouver for Cody Hodgson and Alex Sulzer, that trade has the look of a winner for both sides, doesn’t it?

    It was a nervy deal for both Vancouver’s Mike Gillis and Buffalo’s Darcy Regier, which explains why it came down to the last possible minute at the trade deadline. It was a swap of untapped potential, one that easily could have blown up spectacularly in the face of either team’s front office.

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  • Published On Feb 04, 2013


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