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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

    I love how Lucic has played this year. But let’s say he asked out and his agent was given permission to poke around. Imagine his reaction if the agent said there isn’t a single team in the NHL that’ll take you as is right now. Easy to get motivated to play better.

    Wonder if Zach will have the same conclusion drawn for him.

  • Freddie the fog

    Dude hangs out in California all the time. Wife from there maybe ? I remember when he said he wanted to payback Chia for taking a chance on him when nobody else would. He went on about how he hoped to be an Oiler forever and be a big part of a championship team here one day. What a crock. Guy signs a sweet deal and wants out. He’s done nothing since April 2017. See ya

    • Dallas Eakins Hair

      Lucic wanted out too allegedly, and he has amped up his game a lot, and I havent heard a peep about wanting out since. Players say they love playing in Canada because the fans are so passionate about the game, but it’s not like in the U.S. where your like 5th sport down in the chain and the media isnt really on you like the Canadian market is, but Zack knows this, he’s played in Canadian markets, but I suspect that the criticism of his play this year and last and the reduce role and ice team and being sat may have pissed him off and not motivated him the way TM and co thought it would

  • @S_2_H

    This is too bad, but it sounds fairly mutual. I’m guessing kassian voiced his concern about the number of scratches he’s faced this year, and the team said – if you don’t like it you can leave. I’d be more concerned if he was showing any signs of his former play returning. We’ll miss you big Kass but we’ll gladly take the cap space.

  • RexHolez

    Before we all take the easy way out and take a deuce on Zack, are we allowed to ask why an nhl winger would want out of an organization that is begging for wingers? If the team didn’t play a rate good game tonight I’d be wondering what the **** is going on

    • Bills Bills

      The bottom six depth is as good as it has ever been. He is being challenged for ice time. If he doesn’t like it, too bad. I like his style of play on occasion but he has not been able to make any sort of difference on most nights unless he takes a penalty and they get scored on.

    • Drake is looking amazing everytime he’s fresh out of the pressbox, Chiasson has looked sweet soo far, and JJ Khaira and Brodziak are the constants on our 4th line. I think it’s obvious that the coaching staff wants to keep rotating the 4th RW spot every night to keep guys fresh. When Rattie comes back Kassian will have to rotate with Chiasson and Caggiula. He’s not going to get the playing time he wants and we can’t exactly keep him in a closet until the playoffs.