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Canucks re-sign Kassian for two years, $3.5M

Jul 3, 2014, 10:48 PM EDT

Zack Kassian, Brad Richardson AP

The Vancouver Canucks re-signed forward Zack Kassian to a two-year, $3.5 million deal on Thursday, according to the Vancouver Sun’s Elliott Pap.

Update: It’s official.

Kassian, 23, was a restricted free agent this summer. Extending the big winger continues what’s already been a busy offseason for a newly revamped Canucks front office that made moves including trading Ryan Kesler and signing the likes of Radim Vrbata.

This could be the extent of the moves, as Pap reported in the Vancouver Sun earlier today.

“For the most part, we’re done,” Benning said. “We’re probably going to go into the season with this team. We’re going to see where we stand and go from there. We’re working on our RFA guys today and we want to get them done.

“As far as the UFAs, if something shakes out at the end, we still have a little cap room. But I think we accomplished the things that we set out to accomplish. We wanted to add an experienced goaltender, and we did that with Ryan Miller, and we wanted to add a scorer.”

Kassian enjoyed easily the best season of his still-young NHL career in 2013-14, setting career-highs in goals (14), assists (15), points (29), penalty minutes (124) and games played (73). The Canucks are getting a nice deal for a player who could develop into a nice power forward.

PHT’s Jason Brough passes along word from new GM Jim Benning that Kassian could be a big part of an interesting second line for the Canucks:

“Zack is a skilled, young player and an important member of this team,” said Benning in a release. “He has the ability to impact a game both with his talent and size. We look forward to seeing him continue to develop as a Canuck.”

  1. loinstache - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    I know the rest of the NHL likes to slam the Canucks for the trade but its looking more fair every year.
    Kassian was easily the most impressive forward in the last ~15-20 games for Vancouver when everyone else seemed to stop trying. Considering his biggest knock was consistency this was a major highlight to an abysmal season.

    He has shockingly good vision and play-making abilities despite not getting to play with regular line mates and top 6 minutes. He’s probably always going to be a bit of a knuckle dragger who makes silly plays but I can easily see him reaching 45 points this season with a proper triggermen and him being a consistent 60-70 point player in the near future really doesn’t unreasonable if he keeps the pace he ended with.

    Good term and $$. Show me Tanev and Vey now.

    • loinstache - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Just checked and he had 10 points in his final 10 games, when Torts started doling him more minutes. Considering he didn’t see a lick of powerplay time last year there is reason for optimism.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      As a Sabres fan, I’m still glad Buffalo made the trade.

      • mackstrong2013 - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        As a Canucks fan, so am I.

  2. blomfeld - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    OH YES … KASSIAN ‘DEFINITELY’ ROCKS MAN !!!

  3. canada2014gold - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Great bridge deal, Smashian Kassian is a huge fan favorite. I think the guy is going to be a superstar.

  4. jernster21 - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    That’s a bargain contract right there.

  5. canada2014gold - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Yeah I still like Hodgson too. But a budding power forward who has great hands and can fight….I think I would take Kassian. Cody is good as well though, he just doesn’t bring as much to the table.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:01 AM

      Hodgson sucks he can’t even play centre on a bad team. The guy was moved to the wing cuz he has no clue what to do defensively.

  6. paulerhythm - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Let’s not anoint him super just yet. If he gets you 20 goals, then I’ll raise my eyebrows as reassess…

    • hawkeedawg - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      Given regular line mates and more minutes will help, Kassian’s problems always point to inconsistency, given him consistency and look out!!!

  7. nobandwagoners - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    Glad to see Kassian signed. I would have liked to see a 3-yr term, but 2 yrs. will do.

    Kassian for sure deserves a long look on the second line, something that Torts and AV didn’t give him. And absolutely in priority to Jannick Hansen. As much as I like Hansen’s compete level and his penalty kill ability, that’s all that he really brings; Hansen doesn’t have the offensive or play-making ability that Kassian does (or can bring). Hansen should be stapled to the third line.

  8. martysbetter - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    I like Kassian a lot, I think he’ll have a breakout year this season.

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