September 23 2013 11:01PM
Well, that was fun, I guess. Roberto Luongo won his first game since April 15, stopping 22 of 23 shots in a pretty… uneventful game. The Canucks won 6-1 against Phoenix Monday night for their first preseason win, which was good to get after an 0-3 start, including two pretty weak losses to the Edmonton Oilers. While this doesn't count for anything, a five-goal victory the first night that most of the A-roster is on the ice is fun to get.
Optimism abound? Well, also it was the Phoenix Coyotes, so no need getting super excited about anything.
September 23 2013 04:25PM
VAN's Zack Kassian gets 5 regular season games and rest of pre-season for highsticking Gagner.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 23, 2013
News came down the pike on Sunday afternoon that Zack Kassian was offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing regarding the incident that took place on Saturday night in Edmonton (he declined it, settling to do it over the phone). Now, after hours and hours of waiting for the verdict to be handed down, we've finally learned that Kassian will miss 8 games in total (5 of which mean something). Dale Weise also received a slap on the wrist for a play from the same game.
September 23 2013 03:24PM
The posse is getting back together.
Who says nothing happens in the preseason? Last time out, the Canucks dropped their 3rd straight preseason game, but more importantly, Zack Kassian and Dale Weise got into some trouble, and Jordan Schroeder blocking a shot.
While all of that certainly provided us with a handful of new things to discuss, I'm sure most fans would be just fine with a rather uneventful showing tonight. This marks the 4th of 6 preseason games for the Canucks, as the Coyotes come to town.
Read on past the jump for a look at tonight's expected lineup, and some other news and notes.
September 23 2013 02:57PM
I can't even tell the difference (Image via Rich Lam )
The NHL has me in a holding pattern of sorts, as I'm sitting around twiddling my thumbs as I wait for news regarding the length of Zack Kassian's (and Dale Weise's, but whatever) suspension.
The worst thing that has come from Saturday's incident - other than of course Sam Gagner's broken jaw - is the amount of irrational comments that have been spewing out as people try to stick up for their player and team. Especially from people who are generally pretty on point with their takes.
At this point though, I honestly can't decide what the bigger black eye is for Edmonton: the fact that their team is now employing noted face puncher Steve MacIntyre, or that their fans/people who cover the team are comparing Sam Gagner to Daniel Sedin..
Read on past the jump if you'd like to take a trip with me to fantasy land.
September 22 2013 05:22PM
Word broke out of Toronto today that NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will conduct hearings with Canucks forwards Dale Weise and Zack Kassian for naughty conduct versus the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Weise was penalized two minutes for an illegal check to the head on Taylor Hall, while Kassian should probably have the book thrown at him—he wildly swung his stick around after missing a check and broke Sam Gagner's jaw.
The Kassian infraction is above, if you missed it. Worth noting, his hearing will be in-person. Per Article 18.9 of the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement with its Players Association, an in-person hearing is required for a suspension of six or more games.