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PHT Morning Skate: Kassian could be ‘huge’ part of Canucks

Sep 13, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Bobby Ryan wants to embrace the spotlight in Ottawa. He feels it’s night and day compared to what he experienced in Anaheim. (Ottawa Citizen)

Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella plans to give 22-year-old forward Zack Kassian a chance to be a “huge part of this team.” (Metro News)

Michael Cammalleri is a candidate to be the Calgary Flames’ next captain, but he thinks the job should go to defenseman Mark Giordano. (Calgary Herald)

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren liked the chemistry that Vincent Lecavalier demonstrated with Wayne Simmonds during Philadelphia’s first training camp practice. (

Francois Beauchemin (knee surgery) might end up playing in a game before the preseason ends. (Orange County Register)

The Pittsburgh Penguins don’t think they need to make a trade to get under the cap ceiling. That would be good news for defenseman Matt Niskanen. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

  1. hockey412 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    ….” to see a big body like that moving up and down the middle of the ice, I thought he looked terrific,”

    Ewe, Peter. Ewe.

    In all honesty, as a Pens fan, Vinny with the Flyers is not something I’m looking forward to seeing.

  2. davebabychreturns - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I think it’s a year or so early to expect a breakout season from Kassian.

    It’d be a pleasant surprise for sure and it’s important to give him a big chance to show what he’s got out there – but if he is going to drive play in the right direction and be a part of moving the puck into areas where he can capitalize on his natural skill set then he is going to have to get to a point where every shift he is doing the little things right without having to think about it.. and he hasn’t really been close to that point yet.

    • micasa81 - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Yeah, that’s a fair comment. What they don’t want to do is let Kassian’s role be emotionally influenced by the fact that they gave up a lot in exchange for him. It changes the player from just another part of the team into some “asset” that they have to get their money’s worth from, and that just piles on unnecessary pressure. Should Kassian be expected to have more of an impact this season? For sure. But more is expected of quite a few of his teammates as well. That’s why I’m not entirely sold on the way Torts has singled him out thus far.

  3. kaptaanamerica - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    kassian was doing great until av decided to move him down the lines instead of letting him and Sedins get enoughchemistry to get the Sedins going.the Sedins are great enough players that they should be able to adjust their game a little too work with a guy like kassian.he needs to be in the top two lines and top play with fire every night, knowing that he is being counted on.

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