Zack Kassian, Edmonton Oilers Embarrass Themselves

Jonathan Willis
December 13 2013 10:44PM

 

The Edmonton Oilers were humiliated by the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night. There are other ways to describe it: they were embarrassed, out-classed, routed, disgraced, humbled, shamed. Whatever the word choice, their 4-0 loss was a game where it appeared the team didn't even belong in the same league as their Pacific Division rivals.

The Oilers

Exactly one member of the Edmonton Oilers was on the ice for more chances for than against versus Vancouver. It was Boyd Gordon, who saw the ice for two Oilers chances to one against. Otherwise, it was pretty ugly:

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle had some decent looks with varied wingers once the game was already lost, but otherwise that's just embarrassing. 

Zack Kassian

And, as Tyler Dellow points out, that's Zack Kassian apparently mocking Sam Gagner's face shield. Gagner's wearing the face shield because he suffered a broken jaw in the preseason. He suffered a broken jaw in the preseason because Zack Kassian whacked him in the face with his stick.

It's a bit of a surprise that nobody went after Kassian in the game actually, particularly since it was over early, the fourth line got plenty of ice-time and Kassian's generally a willing enough fighter. 

But that's neither here nor there. All's fair in love, war and hockey games apparently and Kassian seemingly felt that getting under his opponents' skin was worth revealing a deficiency of character. As Ryan Rishaug points out, it's consistent with how he's acted since the incident:

It probably wasn't an especially bright play on Kassian's part given that the game was already over at that point and the Oilers don't play the Canucks again for over a month, but maybe he just couldn't turn it off.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#101 Smokey
December 14 2013, 10:10AM
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I figured the most they were going to take in two games against elite squads was one game.

I'm not disappointed. Dubbie's floater cost us the Boston game, there is no other way to look at it. I don't care if Boston was sick, any team with Chara is still a damn fine team. Oilers played well, I enjoyed the last 20 minutes particularly. That has to be at least 15 points bad goaltending has cost this team.

Last night, they stunk...never had a chance after the first period.

The problem with the powerplay besides bad zone entry is the shot from the point. You don't need a rocket to score, you just need to get it through. Vancouver scored on the one goal cause the defender got a shot through. If they get shots from the point, then the I think it will open things up.

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#102 PimKing
December 14 2013, 10:20AM
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Soft Soft Soft. The least ganger can do is take a stand for himself in a blowout. Slash that f*cker, or better yet someone do it for him. i mean is this a team or just a group of millionaires? My mens league teammates have more balls than half these shidiots. Just a complete embarrassment for the character of the oilers. As if the ENTIRE LEAGUE didnt already know what pussys these guys are, they get to watch it on the highlight package, and laugh their asses off. Nuge fight a Sedin sister cmon... everyone on this team needs a black eye, by trying to give one. No guts. and from what i hear, thats whats needed to get at Stanley. Vent closed.

Im so pissed off, my poor wife haha...thinks his name is F*cking Hemsky..

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#103 Smokey
December 14 2013, 10:21AM
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Ed in PV wrote:

Agree that a house cleaning in needed, but Messier and Greztky would be just more of the OBC. We all know what a great job Gretzky did in Phoenix and Messier has zero experience in any role other than a player.

Gretzky record was not that bad in Phoenix considering the team was rebuilding. The one year he had a young inexperienced team in the playoff team half way through the season. He was instrumental in some of the key pieces of that team like Yandle, and Larsson I believe. He brought in their GM, who he was a close personal friend who is still with the team. His brother Keith is the head scout, and is obviously one of the best at that role considering they keep finding talent and winning.

Messier was Sather assistant for a couple years and was the GM for the World Championships... I think I would look at Messier being like Yzerman, a guy waiting for the right offer. He will get it I believe.

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#104 blue31
December 14 2013, 10:22AM
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no worries wrote:

Buddy, the problem with that is "every one wants the sexy looking gal instead of the hardworking and desering one".....

I dunno. Right about now I'd gladly take any gal who liked shoveling snow.

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#105 blue31
December 14 2013, 10:34AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Kassian shouldn't say he is sorry. The Oilers should have made him sorry. Unfortunately they are scared, Scared to hit scared to stand up for themselves or their teammates. Scared little boys.

Team full of small ,soft, one dimensional, point wanting, not paying the price to win, not standing up for their teammates , me players.

You know it's gotten bad when the Sedin's are knocking down your "star" players.

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#106 Chris
December 14 2013, 10:47AM
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I actually like the "ya but you have no cups" taunt against the Canucks. Yes, they are a much better team than us now, but their window is closing, and they have nothing to show for it. If they don't win very soon, they will look back on the sedin era as a failure... The bertuzzi/naslund years are already a failure... If your organization has never won a cup you really don't matter, presidents trophies don't count. Nothing would make me more bitter than cheering for a team like Vancouver or SJ that should have won a cup, but never did.

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#107 Rama Lama
December 14 2013, 10:53AM
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Yea we may not be tough; we run from scrums;we only want one tough guy at any time on our team; we don't hit but man are we ever fit!

We might just be the fittest team in the league.......so take that Vancouver!!

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#108 Loweblows
December 14 2013, 11:02AM
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One year into the Calgary rebuild and they are much further ahead than Deadmonton yet Feaster is fired. How can Eakins preach accountability to players when management isnt held responsible for this ongoing, neverending disaster. Why hasnt KLowe come out of hiding and at least accept some responsibility for this mess. Oiler fans would love to see someone, anyone step forward and say they are sorry for this putrid excuse of a hockey team! I wonder what bar they went to after the game.

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#109 Raymond
December 14 2013, 11:13AM
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Maybe BIG MAC will be in the line up next time they meet

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#110 risto siltanen's slapshot
December 14 2013, 11:27AM
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remember when that guy made fun of huggie bear's hugging skills? if nobody straightened him out who's gonna do it now? 7 years of watching tough guys who can't skate in the press box or bench while smurfs run around the ice not aware of gargamel. raffi torres made you aware...even smytty tried to show the kids how to put up your stick to defend yourself,the problem was he showed them this last year. why doesn't our system have a guy who can skate AND whack someone? guess the rebuild can start when chase and moroz show up. too bad that'll be when the kids are old and on other teams that protect their skill.time to broad street our rebuild and you don't need a high draft pick for that. cuz that player costs more than that...character always does just ask det or bos.

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#111 ryan
December 14 2013, 11:39AM
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our defense is digusting. we dont have 1 guy on this team is hard to play against.

The fact we have a team that is this fast and we dont forecheck really bothers me

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#112 He Who Knows
December 14 2013, 11:42AM
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Eff you Katz, eff you Mac, a big time eff you to Kevin LOWE and eff you Oilers for being the biggest pussies in hockey. Move over Pittsburgh Pirates, the Edmonton Oilers are the laughing stocks of pro sports. Gutless, overpaid sissys. We want EIG back. Cal Nichols please save this franchise once more, please!!!!

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#113 Rod from Viking
December 14 2013, 11:57AM
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risto siltanen's slapshot wrote:

remember when that guy made fun of huggie bear's hugging skills? if nobody straightened him out who's gonna do it now? 7 years of watching tough guys who can't skate in the press box or bench while smurfs run around the ice not aware of gargamel. raffi torres made you aware...even smytty tried to show the kids how to put up your stick to defend yourself,the problem was he showed them this last year. why doesn't our system have a guy who can skate AND whack someone? guess the rebuild can start when chase and moroz show up. too bad that'll be when the kids are old and on other teams that protect their skill.time to broad street our rebuild and you don't need a high draft pick for that. cuz that player costs more than that...character always does just ask det or bos.

The Oilers did try to get the draft right last year it seems, Nurse and Chase are players they need right now, Moroz looks like he may be a better player than many thought . Mr Katz rent Austin Powers time machine and jump them in 5 years older, and while you are at go back to 2007 draft, instead of Gagner pick Brandon Sutter, Ryan Mcdonagh or Kevin Shattinkirk, instead of Plante pick Pacioretty or Brendon Smith, instead of Riley Nash, P.K.Subban or Wayne Simmonds. Do you think this would make this team a contender?

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#114 Spydyr
December 14 2013, 12:01PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

The Oilers did try to get the draft right last year it seems, Nurse and Chase are players they need right now, Moroz looks like he may be a better player than many thought . Mr Katz rent Austin Powers time machine and jump them in 5 years older, and while you are at go back to 2007 draft, instead of Gagner pick Brandon Sutter, Ryan Mcdonagh or Kevin Shattinkirk, instead of Plante pick Pacioretty or Brendon Smith, instead of Riley Nash, P.K.Subban or Wayne Simmonds. Do you think this would make this team a contender?

Can you buy me some apple stocks when you use your time machine?

That way I can afford to retire in Phoenix.Golf all day go to Coyote games at night.Wearing one of my four Oilers jerseys when they come to town of course.It would be refreshing to watch a team that has try and balls.

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#115 Zamboni Driver
December 14 2013, 12:08PM
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Not for nothing, but 2013 Oilers' fans calling the Sedins the 'Sisters' is patently ridiculous.

One of them won a Hart Trophy. The other was runner up. Both have Olympic Gold Medals.

Also they're a butt-load tougher than all our "young skill talent with huge upside".

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#116 Zarny
December 14 2013, 12:26PM
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Choose all of the words because they all apply. That's what happens when you don't build beyond a few high draft picks. They don't come with pixie dust and they don't overcompensate for the worst blueline in the NHL.

Vancouver is actually a good example for the Oilers. They don't have one of the top 10 D in the league either; but they have a few in the top 50. They have a legit top 4 D.

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#117 Hair bag
December 14 2013, 12:28PM
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PimKing wrote:

Soft Soft Soft. The least ganger can do is take a stand for himself in a blowout. Slash that f*cker, or better yet someone do it for him. i mean is this a team or just a group of millionaires? My mens league teammates have more balls than half these shidiots. Just a complete embarrassment for the character of the oilers. As if the ENTIRE LEAGUE didnt already know what pussys these guys are, they get to watch it on the highlight package, and laugh their asses off. Nuge fight a Sedin sister cmon... everyone on this team needs a black eye, by trying to give one. No guts. and from what i hear, thats whats needed to get at Stanley. Vent closed.

Im so pissed off, my poor wife haha...thinks his name is F*cking Hemsky..

That's classic! Thanks for giving me a laugh this morning! Fuc*ing Hemsky.....lol

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#118 TonyT
December 14 2013, 12:39PM
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@Lofty

Gadzic did try to engage Gazdic late in the third (but before the 15 min mark), at that point I would have preferred him take the instigator to at least show something in what was a 3-0 game.

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#119 Hair bag
December 14 2013, 12:41PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Not for nothing, but 2013 Oilers' fans calling the Sedins the 'Sisters' is patently ridiculous.

One of them won a Hart Trophy. The other was runner up. Both have Olympic Gold Medals.

Also they're a butt-load tougher than all our "young skill talent with huge upside".

I seem to recall that the Sedins first few years in the league were no screaming hell, the only thing that sheltered them was that Van had one of the top lines in the league (Naslund-Morrison-Bertuzzi) otherwise they would have had the same scrutiny that the Oilers young guns are getting now. No experienced vets to shelter the oilers young guys now....the Sedins are good hockey players but they are still pussies - see Marchand incident in Stanley Cup Playoffs, how many shots do you have to take before you stand up for yourself.

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#120 Zarny
December 14 2013, 12:48PM
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Zack Kassian certainly shouldn't be running his mouth. Talk about a draft bust. He'll be out of the league selling used tires a decade before Gagner is done.

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#121 Zarny
December 14 2013, 01:18PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Not for nothing, but 2013 Oilers' fans calling the Sedins the 'Sisters' is patently ridiculous.

One of them won a Hart Trophy. The other was runner up. Both have Olympic Gold Medals.

Also they're a butt-load tougher than all our "young skill talent with huge upside".

Pfft...one of my favorite clips is Marchand repeatedly punching Daniel in the face like a speed bag and no one on Vancouver doing anything about it.

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#122 Spydyr
December 14 2013, 01:32PM
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Zarny wrote:

Zack Kassian certainly shouldn't be running his mouth. Talk about a draft bust. He'll be out of the league selling used tires a decade before Gagner is done.

In my mind Gagner is done.I would not want him on my team. "The braintrust" love him though.

Maybe Mac-T has to ask is Gagner a second line centre on a playoff team? How will he hold up in the playoffs when the real hockey starts?

"If you have to ask the question, you already know the answer"

Mac-T

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#123 Gored 1970
December 14 2013, 01:45PM
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Tanev was an un-drafted signing and Stanton was picked up from the waiver wire. These two are young and are playing better than any of the D-men on the Oilers roster. Why can't a team like the Oilers who are desperate for defense find players like these? Where was MacT when Stanton hit the waiver wire?

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#124 cubsfan
December 14 2013, 02:01PM
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Harlie wrote:

The Tin Man team.

No heart.

Dont forget to add the cowardly lion to the analogy........

and Klowe is the wizard......hiding behind the curtain

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#125 Oilers21
December 14 2013, 02:19PM
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"It's a bit of a surprise that nobody went after Kassian in the game"....I'm sorry, what?? On this team?? That's a surprise??

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#126 Rod from Viking
December 14 2013, 04:29PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Can you buy me some apple stocks when you use your time machine?

That way I can afford to retire in Phoenix.Golf all day go to Coyote games at night.Wearing one of my four Oilers jerseys when they come to town of course.It would be refreshing to watch a team that has try and balls.

Do you want me to sell your Black Berry shares too?

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#127 **
December 14 2013, 04:34PM
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You can`t control what Kassian or anyone else is going to do or say. But you CAN control what you do about it. Gagner`s game may suck, but he is an Oiler and his team should've had his back. What Kassian did last night is a reflection on how the League sees the Oilers: a bunch of fragile pushovers who represent no challenge nor concern and lack any kind of respect because they haven't earned any.

As a fan this hurts me more than the losses.

PS: F$%k Kassian, just another Sea Avery in the making. If the Canucks organization had any class they would self regulate and sit Kassian like the Stars did with Avery after his sloppy seconds comment. And where's the NHL? isn't there are rule to fight this horrid type of lack of sportsmanship?

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#128 **
December 14 2013, 04:40PM
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cubsfan wrote:

Dont forget to add the cowardly lion to the analogy........

and Klowe is the wizard......hiding behind the curtain

and a much a do about nutin'

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#129 spliff
December 14 2013, 06:49PM
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Stack Pad Save wrote:

For "fans" who say crap like this and talk about cheering for the other team. I say to you, When you come to jump back on the bandwagon, don't be surprised to find your seat gone.

Criticize the crap out of this team, call out players, call out management. Just don't jump off the wagon and expect us to save your spots. Shame on you.

Actually, this long suffering and loyal fan base has not jumped off the bandwagon. They continue to support this inept franchise, which has a unqualified management team that has been hired because of past glories as hockey players. This is called cronyism, and is a plague on this franchise.

Oiler fans have every right to complain, because this once proud franchise has been turned into a farce, by a group of arrogant managerial incompetents.

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#130 Joel
December 14 2013, 10:16PM
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Embarrass, 8 years out of the playoffs is an embarrassment

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#131 canucks fan
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@Rheal1

zack kassians a boss, kevin beiksa eats the oilers for dinner!

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