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Kassian on Oilers seeking revenge: ‘Door is open, go ahead’

Dec 11, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

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Zack Kassian knows the Edmonton Oilers might have him in their sights on Friday night, and he’s ready for it.

“If they want to get some type of revenge, the door is open,” Kassian told the Vancouver Sun. “Go ahead.”

Kassian drew Edmonton’s ire during the preseason, when his high stick broke Sam Gagner‘s jaw. Kassian was suspended eight games for the incident and Gagner missed 13 games recovering, but the incident extended well beyond the two players.

Shortly after the high stick (which game in a game where Canucks forward Dale Weise took a healthy run at Taylor Hall), the Oilers said they needed to get tougher and started beefing up — most notably by claiming tough guy Steve MacIntyre off waivers:

MacIntyre never played a game for the Oilers (he had a knee injury before getting waived) and Edmonton eventually toned down the pugilist factor, shipping fellow tough guy Mike Brown to San Jose.

Still, there’s a good chance bad feelings have lingered. The Oilers and Canucks met once already this season, on Oct. 5, but Kassian was out serving his suspension and Weise played less than 10 minutes. As such, Kassian knows Friday’s game in Vancouver could be his time to answer the bell.

“Obviously I’m not too worried about someone coming after me,” he said. “I have no problem standing up for myself.”

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    “It’s not like I’m going scoring any points or do anything helpful like that. Might as well just punch some people.”

    • weenerman - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      What does Shawn Thornton have to do with this story?

      • scottybcboy - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM

        That is the difference, and shock, over what 22 did…he actually has integrity, talent, and 2 rings.

  2. weenerman - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    “Zack Kassian knows the Edmonton Oilers might have him in their sights on Thursday night, and he’s ready for it.”

    Thanks going to be a mighty interesting situation. Mostly because the Oilers play the Canucks on Friday.

    • Mike Halford - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Had Friday lower in the post. Not sure what I was thinking (other than Thursday being the new Friday).

  3. mikemaric - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Nice for the media to hype the story leading up to the game and then either comment on why no retribution was handed out or how barbaric the NHL is if a pound of flesh was obtained. LMFAO

    • mp1131211 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      This is a really good point.

  4. hosewater2 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    I hope no Oilers get hurt if they go after Kassian.

  5. micasa81 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Muckleflugga aptly referred to Thornton’s act the other night as “swinging down from his home in the trees”, and that highlights a problem in this scenario.

    1. Nobody on the Oilers lives in the trees.
    2. Look at Kassian’s mug. He definitely lives in the trees.

  6. vanindeed - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Drumming up something out of nothing

  7. johnmr12 - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Who exactly is going to go after him? The oilers are loaded with talented players and they are dead last in the conference for a reason.

  8. stcrowe - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    If the Oilers want to hurt the Canucks, they should leave Kassian alone so that he stays out of the penalty box. Having him on the ice often helps the opposition.

    I will refrain from mentioning the Hodgson trade.

  9. blomfeld - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Friends, I have an innate sense that something ‘bad’ is going to happen here and I don’t like that … 😦

  10. rrsm53 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    If Kassian gets into it with Gadzic he is toast he is not in the heavyweight class, he has no class even when in Buffalo he stunk nothing has changed since he was traded. Weise is another waste, so i guess Sestito who has taken more punches to his face then he has thrown in his career will have to take the beating instead.

  11. kingcobraman - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Kassian will take on all … great attitude..he may not win but he will show up….Sestito as known locally as the catcher also always shows up…

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