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Zack Kassian seeking trade out of Edmonton?

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Edmonton Oilers have given Zack Kassian permission to “seek a trade” and try to find a fresh start elsewhere. Kassian signed a three-year contract extension that carried a $1.95 million AAV in the offseason leading up to the 2017-18 season.

How about this for some breaking news after today’s big win against the Nashville Predators? During a panel segment Elliotte Friedman, a source I would definitely list as trustworthy, mentioned a potential roster move coming and that the Oilers have granted permission to Zack Kassian to find a new home. Friedman didn’t specify why Kassian wanted out or what the Oilers might be willing to accept in exchange for him, but it’s definitely a bit of unexpected news for a Saturday night.

“Zack Kassian has permission from the team to seek out a trade out of the city to try and find a fresh start.”

Like many people that read this website and comment on the articles, I’ve wanted and expected a lot more out of Kassian and it’s been frustrating to watch him not play up to his abilities. He doesn’t seem engaged and doesn’t come within a $5 cab ride of being the dominant force that we saw in the playoffs against the San Jose Sharks. Even today, the penalty he took at the end of the game was easily avoidable and came at a time when the Oilers were trying to defend a lead. Maybe this yearning for a fresh start is weighing on him? Maybe? We’ll have to wait and see.

Watch the clip below:

Kassian arrived in Edmonton in the trade sent Ben Scrivens over to Montreal in exchange for the winger that desperately needed a fresh start, both in hockey and life. Since coming over, Kass has pulled off one of the most incredible PR moves in Oilers history as he turned himself into a hero after spending many years as a villain around these parts. The story was great and in that way, it’s a bummer to see that he wants to bail, but you never know what’s going on in a guy’s mind or personal life so we’ll just have to sit back and wait to see how this thing plays out.

In 194 games with the Oilers, Kassian has scored 17 goals and 34 assists for 51 points while adding another three goals in 13 playoff games in 2016-17. He’s signed for another year after this one with a cap hit of $1.95 million per season.

KASSIAN’S SEASON SO FAR

Season GP G A P +/- PIM PPG PPP SHG SHP GWG OTG S S%
2018-2019 6 0 0 0 -4 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
NHL Career 393 52 65 117 -33 621 4 7 0 2 6 0 491 10.6

Source: Elliotte Friedman, Sportsnet, 10/27/2018

    • FISTO Siltanen

      A GM might give permission for an agent to call other GMs, particularly ones of teams his player wants to play for, and inquire about their interest. The GMs can say ehat they’d be willing to trade or if they are willing to meet asking price.

      Without the permission the agent and rival GMs conversation could be considered tampering. With it the agent can come back and inform the GM who is interested or inform the player who isn’t.

  • TKB2677

    If you can trade Kassian without having to take a crap contract back or retain money, you do it even if all you get is a low end draft pick or prospect.

    I was a fan of Kassian. I like the type of player he could be. He has the combination of size, speed, physical play, nastiest and skill that he should be an effective 3rd liner and the Oilers are paying him to be that. He was drafted 13th overall by Buffalo, teams usually don’t take guys that high thinking he’s a 4th liner. But just can’t seem to do it and it’s not just these 10 games, he was lousy all last year. When you are paying McDavid 12.5 mill (worth every penny) which is the salary of 2 or 3 really good NHLers, you can’t be spending much more then 1 mill on 4th liners. For what Kassian has been for the Oilers, he’s easily making 1 mill too much.