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Eakins: Kassian high stick ‘a disturbing play by a disturbing player’

Sep 23, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT


The Oilers are none too pleased with the Canucks.

On Monday, both Edmonton players and coaches voiced displeasure with events from Saturday night’s 5-2 win, during which Vancouver’s Zack Kassian broke Sam Gagner‘s jaw with a high stick and Dale Weise threw an elbow at Taylor Hall.

First up, Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins.

“A disturbing play by a disturbing player,” Eakins said of Kassian’s high stick, as per Sportsnet’s Mark Spector.

Both Kassian and Weise are facing supplemental discipline for their actions, with Kassian likely to get a stiffer sentence thanks to an in-person hearing request, which he declined to attend. Kassian did, however, have the hearing over the phone this morning.

But back to the Oilers for a sec.

Echoing his coach Eakins’ sentiments — to a certain degree — was noted tough guy Ben Eager.

“We play [the Canucks] a lot down the stretch,” Eager explained. “We’re going to go after their skill players also.”

While a good effort by Eager, he might want to re-check the calendar. The Canucks and Oilers play four times between Oct. 3-Jan. 27, then just once more over the final three months of the regular season.

That said, he does have a history with going after Vancouver’s skill guys:

  1. AppealToReason - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    The worst part of this is that it seems the Oiler’s are going to try and go full Buffalo post-Lucic. That sure has worked out well beefing up your lineup only to get murdered because the other teams don’t care and win games.

    Also dumb as hell to say you’re gonna go after their skill guys. Now if any of Vancouver’s better players takes a questionable hit you have that whole premeditated stuff and you’ve already drawn no BS officials for the rematch.

    • sunderlanding - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      Premeditated stuff is almost impossible to prove. Even with that comment I can’t see Shanny using that in his videos as proof of premeditation.

  2. elvispocomo - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Eager should keep his mouth shut. He’s already shown how reckless he can be (as evidenced above), and how detrimental to his team when it counts it ends up being as well. All this does is show whatever he does when playing the Canucks was pre-meditated and will make his punishment worse.

  3. hockey412 - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Nice to see Torts is making Vancouver more of a sh*t show than it already was. That’s just great for the game.

    Not sure Eager wanted to announce that, though. I’m sure Big Mac will be on the ice for all future games, but still…nothing good can come from announcing you’re going to go after their skill players. Just do it, don’t talk about it.

    • AppealToReason - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Eager has to get himself out of the AHL first.

      And Big Mac is so damn slow I’m sure the Canucks wouldn’t mind the Sedins out there with him. It’d be like putting Hordichuk out against them, which didn’t work out well for Edmonton before.

      • elvispocomo - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        Yup, similar to Bieksa’s comments when asked about John Scott (when he was with the Hawks). Guys like that you just skate around and score on to make them look bad, they don’t get on the ice much after that. If they do, and start stuff like Scott did last night in the Toronto game, they’re due to play even less after suspensions.

    • badintent - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      I’m all for removing the brake pads on the minor league buses that drive these goons no skill thugs over the Rockies .

      • blomfeld - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Exactly my friend !

        An imbecile like Kassian should be ‘dealt with’ post haste, no two ways about it. Though I’d probably opt for something a little more mundane, like arranging for the Zamboni driver to ‘unfortunately’ run him over at the end of practice or something.

      • badintent - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:37 PM

        Did Pierce Bronsan drive one of those in a Bond flix ?? Or was it that silly Figure skating movie with The SNL guys ?

  4. hosewater2 - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Who is Ben Eager to talk? He’s the guy who went down with a concussion last time he fought Kassian. And the guy who singlehandedly knocked the Sharks out of the playoffs against the Canucks two years ago.

  5. r4n6er - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    I hated the trade that we did to get this player, I hate this kid’s play, and now I hate his recklessness. Van would do well to place him on waivers and let some other unfortunate team take this bumbling buffoon. Take the loss on the trade and move on, quite trying to make a diamond out of a chunk of wood.

    • davebabychreturns - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Kassian’s skill is evident, even if he is a bit of a loose cannon out there.

      He has to have better control of his stick and get back to scaring the bejesus out of the opposition with his legit physical play instead.. and his ugly mug for that matter.

      • r4n6er - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        What skill is evident? Scoring? Hitting? Passing? Fighting (aside from the one that he won)?

      • ikillchicken - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        Yes. All those things are evident. As Dave said, Kassian needs to find some consistency. But his ability is clear as day. He is big and fast and has great hands. He’s made a number of beautiful passes in the games he has played and he didn’t look out of place next to the Sedins. The idea that we should get rid of him for nothing just because you’re still butthurt over the Hodgson trade is laughable.

      • r4n6er - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:53 PM


        you wrote, “The idea that we should get rid of him for nothing just because you’re still butthurt over the Hodgson trade is laughable.” I didn’t say get rid of him for nothing because of the Hodgson trade (which was horrible). I meant get him off the books because you couldn’t get anything for him. Instead move on to other players and put this bad trade into the past.

  6. r4n6er - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Since we are focusing on the trade, rather than the play of Zack, I thought we could look at some numbers and then you can tell me why I am wrong. If we take the regular season games of the last three seasons and average their numbers to a per-game rating.

    .57 points per game, .076 power play goals per game, .229PIM per game.

    .253 points per game, .024 power play goals per game, 1.22PIM per game.

    This doesn’t take into account the ability of playing as a center, however it does factor that Cody has a larger sample (131games) Zack (83 games). Partly due to the fact that Zach spent more time in the minors.

    • travishenryskid - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      Uh, I’m a Sabres fan, but that is a horrible argument. They are different types of players, Hodgson was expected to have more offense at this point in their careers. Kassian has played 50 fewer games, but he’s also a year younger. Feel free to bring up Hodgson’s defensive game if you want. There is nothing worse than the “CoHo scores more than Kassian” argument, because if you use it, you clearly didn’t understand the purpose of the trade in the first place.

      • r4n6er - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        Okay, so he isn’t suppose to score. Then why waste so much time on the same line as the twins, or with Kesler for that matter? Just treat him like a Weise upgrade and leave him on the fourth line. I did understand the trade at the time. GM MG thought we were super deep down the center but lacked grit to deter players taking runs at the skilled players. Unfortunately, MG didn’t get grit or skill out of the trade and then (due to injuries), the once strong center position became a liability for the Canucks. Only emphasizing that it was a bad trade.

  7. blomfeld - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:14 AM


    Here’s you chance Booth to do something ‘good’ for a change eh ?

  8. blomfeld - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:16 AM


    Here’s ‘your’ chance Booth to do something ‘good’ for a change eh ?

    *** sorry about that friends :) ***

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