Well, it was made official yesterday: Zack Kassian will serve a two-game suspension for his actions on Saturday night. As of this writing, the only consequences Matthew Tkachuk will face involve a complete lack of respect from his peers for the rest of his life.
Nashville’s Predators are in town this evening for a 7PM start on the back of two straight wins, and are astill trying to find their way under John Hynes after parting ways with Peter Laviolette recently.
Some Flames fans started a GoFundMe to put Tkachuk’s face up on a billboard in Edmonton. First of all, what an idiot. Secondly, what an absolute idiot. Imagine having that kind of money to waste? My goodness. How embarrassing for them.
Speaking of Tkachuk, former NHLers and other prominent figures have come out unanimously against his actions on the weekend. To hip check a guy directly in the neck, charge him twice, and then refuse to engage appears to be against ‘the code’ and worthy of derision from all corners of the hockey world. You love to see it. I still maintain that George Parros had an opportunity to make that case on the league’s behalf, too, but he’s chosen to positively reinforce Tkachuk’s style of play by only suspending Kassian. THAT is what’s most worthy of derision to me.
Lowetide dug into Kris Russell’s usage, positing that perhaps he is in fact vulnerable to a trade this season.
Connor McDavid turned 23 yesterday, and if Sportsnet’s graphic is to believed, is among the very best of all time in terms of points accrued before the age of 23. It’s worth remembering McDavid’s missed a good chunk of games, too, and would be even closer to the top four if he hadn’t. He’s a luminary.
That’ll about do it for the high notes today, get yourselves red up and come back for our GAMEDAY coverage. See you tonight!
Zack Kassian Suspended Two Games For Altercation With Matthew Tkachuk (Copper and Blue)
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Suspension For Oilers’ Kassian Proves Unpredictability Of Bans (Sportsnet)
Watch: Tkachuk And Kassian Incident Remains Hot Topic (Sun)
Oilers’ Kassian Suspended 2 Games For Altercation (ESPN)
Draisaitl: ‘I’d Probably Get Off The Ice’ If Playing With Tkachuk At ASG (Score)
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Lowetide: Dave Tippett’s Deployment Of Oilers Defencemen Indicates Kris Russell Is Vulnerable To Trade (Athletic)
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