Zack Kassian did something stupid again, got supended for it

Dimitri Filipovic
March 07 2014 03:11PM


The Vancouver Canucks lost by a 6-1 score to the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. It wasn't the only losing they'd go on to do on the night, though, as they also went on to lose Zack Kassian's services for the next 3 games after the league announced that he'll be suspended for his hit from behind on Canucks Army favourite, and Surrey native, Brenden Dillon.

You can watch the suspension video put out by the NHL and Brendan Shanahan for yourself right here. The league often finds itself in a difficult spot with these sorts of ruling, because they're often subjective and one party is bound to take issue with the outcome. I've definitely been critical of the random, nonsensical nature of their process in the past.

This doesn't appear to be one of those times. As the video mentions, Kassian - a repeat offender following his 5-game suspension all the way back in the preseason - sees Dillon's numbers, and still decides to forcefully and dangerously shove him into the boards anyways. You're essentially making your own bed when you decide to go through with something like that.

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It was a mindless and unnecessary act by Kassian, who early in his career his rather quickly built up quite the resume of doing things he shouldn't be doing out there. While some of those have been borderline and defensible, this one was pretty cut-and-dried. 

After Dillon had gone after Alex Burrows in a scrum not too long prior, Kassian likely saw an opportunity to unleash some of the pent-up aggression that has come with all of the incessant losing while sticking up for his teammate. I guess it was a reasonable idea in theory, but executed very poorly. Even his own coach doesn't have his back on this one.

While the Canucks look like they're headed nowhere quick (except for the draft lottery), this is unfortunate timing for Kassian himself. He had established himself as an effective 3rd liner next to David Booth at the very least, playing some fine hockey for a while now. With Daniel Sedin out, he was thought to be a potential beneficiary, finally getting some long overdue time next to Henrik on the top line (and did so, playing 8 minutes at 5v5 next to him v. Phoenix the other night). Two steps forward, three steps back.

He'll miss games against the Flames, Islanders, and Jets. Of note is the Flames game on Saturday night, considering what happened the last time those two teams met. Kassian wasn't technically involved in the line brawl that started things off, but he seemed to be right in the middle of all of the physical stuff that took place as the contest went along, winding up with 16 penalty minutes next to his name. 

He would've been a good mercenary were the Canucks out for another moral victory on Hockey Night in Canada. You have to assume they will be, based on how hard wins of any nature have been to come by in 2014.

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Dimitri Filipovic writes about hockey on the internet, and is the Managing Editor of Canucks Army. You can follow him on Twitter @DimFilipovic, and email him at dimitri.filipovic@gmail.com.
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#1 The Benevolent Orca
March 07 2014, 03:37PM
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Well that sucks. I was looking forward to seeing Kassian on Saturday night for Line Brawl 2.0......

Can't blame the guy really. I'm a big fan of Kassian. Just needs to keep his temper in check. That will come with age.

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#2 Wyatt
March 07 2014, 03:46PM
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Not only is Kassian a bust. But he's a dirty player and a goon. He does however belong in Vancouver. This guys a joke. Has no sympathy or respect for any other players in the league.

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#3 Jensen!!!!!
March 07 2014, 03:55PM
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Who am I kidding...

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#4 Ted
March 07 2014, 05:54PM
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Wyatt wrote:

Not only is Kassian a bust. But he's a dirty player and a goon. He does however belong in Vancouver. This guys a joke. Has no sympathy or respect for any other players in the league.

NoMind00, is that you? lol

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#5 The Benevolent Orca
March 07 2014, 06:33PM
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Wyatt wrote:

Not only is Kassian a bust. But he's a dirty player and a goon. He does however belong in Vancouver. This guys a joke. Has no sympathy or respect for any other players in the league.

You speaking from your first hand experience of being a player in the league? Remember to clean your armchair at least once a week for sanitary purposes....

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#6 Andy
March 07 2014, 07:13PM
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I really hope Management takes some of that health care budget spent on sleep doctors and gets a few sport psychologists for Kassian (and Burrows/Sedin while we're at it).

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#7 andyg
March 07 2014, 07:45PM
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@Wyatt

A bust?

Kess scored 18 goals in his first 158 nhl games.

Zack has 22 goals in 142 nhl games.

Come back in 3 years and then we will see where he sits.

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#8 wangtaco
March 07 2014, 08:42PM
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Not a bust...just a steaming pile of sh#t. He's dirty and a spot-picker. I don't like the Oil anymore than the next guy but he was a total pussaaaaay about answering the bell when their tough guy trued to go, repeatedly.

Get thus gap-tooth loser outta here.

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#9 20 Canucks Too Many
March 07 2014, 09:29PM
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Zack Kassian and Todd Bertuzzi are kindred spirits.

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#10 Wyatt
March 07 2014, 10:58PM
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andyg wrote:

A bust?

Kess scored 18 goals in his first 158 nhl games.

Zack has 22 goals in 142 nhl games.

Come back in 3 years and then we will see where he sits.

Your gonna compare an Olympic diver to a goon? Kesler wants out of this mess just like everyone else. Kassian is bad. I'm sorry but he isn't going to get any better.. #0cups

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#11 Gored 1970
March 08 2014, 09:00AM
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Why do the Canucks continually get headlines for stupidity? My vote is to pass the baton to another team and let them be the laughing stock of the league for a while.

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#12 -30-
March 08 2014, 09:07AM
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The sun comes up. The sun goes down.

Zack Kassian does something stupid again.

Torts over stays his welcome.

Gillis again holds out for too much in a trade and will end up with nothing to show for it.

And so go the misfortunes of the Vancouver Canucks.

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#13 Ruprecht
March 08 2014, 09:53AM
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"Because I was dealing with Cody's issues over the last three years more than every other player on the team combined."

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