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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

  • Heschultzhescores

    If he just played like he can, there would be no issue. I hope he stays and picks up his game. I know we’re all thinking about his past and has it returned? It’s a reasonable question given his sudden drop off in performance.

    • rnj

      Could write a text wall about it, the most concise way to say it is the culture. Everything from the way the city is laid out, to the pervasive old school mentality about mental health, high rates of substance abuse and violent crime, isolation etc

      The most jarring difference is the alcoholism . Holy smokes I’ve never seen such widespread and socially accepted drinking problems.

      Combine that with a lack of funding and you have a disaster for addiction based health issues

      • Himynameistaylor

        The fact this has trashes is mind boggling. But it’s also probably the same “if you don’t like it leave” crowd.

        The city sucks. Aside from pubs and bars what’s there to do that is either family friendly or you can do as a single person in your 20’s-40’s. There’s nothing. We have a run down water park in a mall that’s always packed, and the weather is so inconsistent here we have to cram all of our festivals and such into a brief three month period. Edmonton is only interesting during the late spring-end of summer. There’s nothing else here that you can go out and do arbitrarily.

        And as a former youth support worker I have seen plenty of traumatized youth who don’t understand why their parents are raging booze hounds and why it’s making them so angry.

        We like the drink in Edmonton. And it’s not healthy.

        • GK1980

          Disagree pal. Edmonton doesn’t “suck”. I don’t even live there but have family who do. It’s what you make of it. You want a list of things to do give me a few hours. It’s an Awsome city and a great place to raise a family.

        • Birdmon86

          Lol you don’t pay enough attention and love to whine. There’s is something going on all the time in Edmonton. Concerts and shows at the winspear, river cree, the Shaw conference, and Rogers; Castro’s race track, century casinos is opening a horse racing track, Alberta art gallery, Telus world of science, the zoo, the freezeway outdoor skating path, farmers markets, world class recreation facilities, the festivals go all winter long. Just because you went to west Edmonton and got bored doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do in this city.

        • foureyedmike

          I’m from the prairies, and now in SW Ontario…

          Wouldn’t say the West sucks at all, I really miss it.

          But the cold is isolating, drinking is more pervasive (and alcohol more available and cheaper), and there’s more to do within a 2-hr drive here.

    • Dallas Eakins Hair

      it really doesnt matter where you are if you have an addiction, you are the author of your sobriety, the want will always be there whether you can control it is always going to be a battle, it’s not easy to deal with by any stretch, and I hope for Zack’s case that it is more a hockey issue and not an addiction issue

    • FISTO Siltanen

      Any specific reason why that is? I understand the oil patch makes it easy access but that’s died off and isn’t it just as easy to get hard drugs in any US city that it is here?

      Honest questions

  • 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

  • Johnnymaced

    I have no problem sending him packing. He had his moments but that’s literally years ago now. He doesn’t bring it anymore. That penalty he took after the midpoint of the 3rd might just be the nail in his coffin. I wasn’t to pleased with garrison and Benning also drawing in the game, also taking penalties in the 2nd half of the game while the oilers were trying to hold onto their lead. It’s great we have the depth to rotate players. I’m guessing garrison and Kassian are out tomorrow.

  • toprightcorner

    I think Kassian was on the block this summer, but there were no takers. Kassian was likely aware of this and feels his 4th line action and healthy scratches are personally based instead of performance based. Kassian seems all out of sorts, he is not using his speed or his size to his advantage and does not look invested into the game. I really hope he hasn’t relapsed, for his sake. I hope he can find a trade, if the Oilers could trade him for a 5th round pick and not retain salary, they should take it and run with the extra cap space.