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Canucks’ Kassian suspended five games, plus rest of preseason

Sep 23, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian was suspended for five regular season games and the remainder of the 2013 preseason for high-sticking Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner.

Here’s video explanation of the decision via Brendan Shanahan and the NHL:

Obviously, the Oilers aren’t happy with Kassian, 22. Gagner is out indefinitely with a broken jaw suffered from that high-sticking infraction.

Kassian will be eligible to play again in an Oct. 12 home game against the Montreal Canadiens. He sidesteps the Canucks’ first contest vs. the Oilers (home on Oct. 5), so Edmonton would have to wait until Dec. 13 to pay the polarizing pest a visit.

Related: Dale Weise will sit out the preseason for his hit on Taylor Hall.

  1. craigmaitland - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    2nd rate league throwing suspensions around depending on injuries and if the offending player is a star or not.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:45 PM


    • sunderlanding - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      2nd rate? So what is this first rate hockey league you speak of? The KHL? Get a life.

    • juzzi7 - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:25 AM

      Nice try, Ilya.

    • sporkov - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      The fact that this was not 10 or more games is what makes the league 2nd rate. That was with intent and absolutely a non-hockey play. Kassian should have been sitting for about 15 games, no less than 10.

  2. badintent - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    NHL goon play = minor league play.
    Clean up this crap once and for all. How come the NFL figured that out 50 years ago ?
    Even the NBA clean this up 15 years ago.Gotta be all the donuts. HAVE ANOTHER DONUT !!

    • nflnhlrulznbasux - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      Hockey always has been played with an edge. Don’t like it, go watch some emotionless, passionate league like the KHL. I’m sure if they cleaned up all the crap, you and others would still have an excuse not to watch… is a beautiful sport WITHOUT you wimpy gutless whiners.

      • sunderlanding - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:43 AM

        Good one! I agree 100%. If the NFL and NBA are so much better…go watch them we won’t miss you.

      • makemulletsmandatory - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:35 AM

        Actually the KHL have implented 5 min for fisticuffs, instead of the typical softie-woman-like hockey of the rest of Europe.
        In my country they get game misconduct + 3-5 games suspension.
        And more “roughing” calls than anywhere else in the world combined..

        EVERY, and I litteraly mean EVERY open ice hit resulst in “hit to the head”. EVERY SINGLE ONE!
        And a hipcheck ala Emelin ? Forget about it .. “knee-hit”.

        The Russians are taking after you guys in the NHL – and I’ve heard rumours about the germans and czechs will start with 5 min themselves.
        The KHL also talks about making NHL rink size ice.

        So if someone, for some reason unknown, want to watch a nice game of shinny – come to norway.
        THe place where you cant see the difference between men senior and female amateurs..
        Well actually, the girls wear helmets with grids… other than that? The same.

      • nflnhlrulznbasux - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Mullet dude, thanks for posting that.
        It sounds like you enjoy the game when there is contact involved. Maybe Russia and others are starting to understand that hockey is more than just pass, shoot and score.
        Don’t understand why you got thumbs down just for talking about how it is in Europe, unless some of those euro refs are reading these posts.

      • badintent - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:44 PM

        Mr. Macho , stick swingers belong in Thai fight stick matches. Not hockey. Guys that played the game like I did with no helmets respected the game and the rules. Your gen X and Y chumpasslosers don’t and they should go play in KHL. The Russians know how to deal with vermin. Siberia salt mine. Ask the 90,000 germans that surrendered to the Russian Army. Only 5000 came back live 4 years later. Go play your BS Video game

  3. micasa81 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    As boneheaded a play as this was on Kassian’s part (yes, I’d be hopping mad if I was an Oilers fan), that is a friggin’ huge suspension for a high-stick.

    • sunderlanding - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      It does seem a bit high. Maybe the preseason plus 2 regular season games would have been more reasonable.

    • sporkov - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      There was clear intent. He started swinging his stick before physics would have taken over.

  4. kaptaanamerica - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Give games for a high stick is bullshiite

  5. adlent - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    While in general I would agree with this concept, it is clear that Kassian intentionally whips his stick around, and while he may not have intended to hit Gagner in the face, he did and broke his jaw. I think this does warrant games. You can’t really compare this type of high sticking to the incidental kind that happens all the time. If you intentionally start slinging your stick around and injure someone, you deserve to lose a few game checks.

    • elvispocomo - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Is there more or less intent than with Hall and Keith’s slashes last year? Because they only got 2 and 1 game suspensions respectively. It’s a bit of a jump to go from that to 8 games (3 of those being preseason) and then say Kessel doesn’t deserve more than 5 as well.

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