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Sports Ex-NHL players & insiders defend Zack Kassian and blast Matt Tkachuk's dangerous plays

09:50  13 january  2020
09:50  13 january  2020 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

Tkachuk: If Kassian 'doesn't want to get hit, stay off the tracks'

  Tkachuk: If Kassian 'doesn't want to get hit, stay off the tracks' Matthew Tkachuk had some advice for Zack Kassian after the Edmonton Oilers winger responded to a hard hit from the Calgary Flames forward with a series of pummeling blows. “If (Kassian) doesn’t want to get hit, then stay off the tracks," Tkachuk said according to Sportsnet's Eric Francis.“If (Kassian) doesn’t want to get hit, then stay off the tracks," Tkachuk said according to Sportsnet's Eric Francis. "I caught him three times there – you think he’d learn after the first one.

Опубликовано: 11 янв. 2020 г. Matthew Tkachuk landed a questionable hit on Zack Kassian , sending the Oilers' helmet flying across the GOTTA SEE IT: Zack Kassian Ragdolls Matthew Tkachuk After Taking Multiple Massive Hits - Продолжительность: 1:48 SPORTSNET 1 944

Zack Kassian will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday. The Edmonton Oilers forward in facing discipline for roughing/aggressor on Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk in the second period of their game Saturday.

a group of people wearing costumes: Zack Kassian #44 of the Edmonton Oilers pummels Matthew Tkachuk #19 of the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on January 11, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.© Derek Leung Zack Kassian #44 of the Edmonton Oilers pummels Matthew Tkachuk #19 of the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on January 11, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety is likely to rule against Zack Kassian and had him a suspension on Monday for beating on Caglary’s Matt Tkachuk, who refused to engage Kassian in a fight after charging and hitting him.

Player Safety has also said there will be no discipline for Tkachuk after his dangerous hits on Kassian last night, reports ESPN: “Both hits delivered on Kassian were legal, full body checks delivered to a player carrying the puck.”

Tkachuk says not fighting Kassian was ‘probably the right thing to do’

  Tkachuk says not fighting Kassian was ‘probably the right thing to do’ A master at steering his way through controversies like these, Matthew Tkachuk stood by his decision to avoid fighting Zack Kassian. The post Leafs’ attention to detail issues should be ‘easy to fix’ appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.In fact, he says a large number of NHLers would have done the same thing he did Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers tough guy.

Zach Kassian UNLOADS on Matthew Tkachuk after taking 2 big hits 😱👊 On Sunday, the NHL ' s player safety department announced Kassian will have a hearing Monday for his penalties against Tkachuk . Zack Kassian and Matthew Tkachuk continue the hatred in the post-game

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But former NHL players and league insiders have much better things to say about Kassian than they do Tkachuk, whom fans of the Edmonton Oilers have labelled as The Turtle or Turtlechuk for his refusal to fight Kassian.

Said TSN’s Ray Ferraro, an ex-NHL sniper, on the Twitter: “On Tkachuk hits v Kassian. I’m serious here. Aren’t these the same hits Raffi Torres used to throw that the league eventually said were penalties? Any hit from above goal line to player coming from below. #thenandnow”

And TSN commentator Jason Strudwick, who played defence for more than a decade in the NHL: “Kassian will find his road dinners paid for more often by other NHL players for his work Saturday night. The old ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ situation. #freebies #subclubcoupons… You can’t stop the antics of Tkachuk. He is wired that way. So you go after guys who aren’t wired like that and can score for the Flames. Make their night uncomfortable and skate away from Tkachuk. But I would have had the same reaction if Tkachuk had hit me like that. He is a LW coming from the top of circle in own end to hit Kassian behind his net. He was looking for that hit.”

Draisaitl: 'I'd probably get off the ice' if playing with Tkachuk at ASG

  Draisaitl: 'I'd probably get off the ice' if playing with Tkachuk at ASG Warning: Story contains coarse language. Leon Draisaitl doesn't plan on putting aside personal grudges at the 2020 All-Star Game. The Edmonton Oilers star said Monday that if he and teammate Connor McDavid have to play with Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk at the three-on-three All-Star Game tournament, he would "probably get off the ice," according to the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson. Draisaitl, McDavid, and Tkachuk will all be members of the Pacific Divison All-Star team. The game will be played on Jan. 25 in St. Louis.Tkachuk ignited the Battle of Alberta rivalry on Saturday by taking multiple runs at Oilers forward Zack Kassian.

An enraged Kassian attempted to fight Tkachuk after the Flames forward threw multiple After Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian ' s violent incident with Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk on Saturday, the NHL Zach Kassian UNLOADS on Matthew Tkachuk after taking 2 big hits 😱👊

with Zack Kassian unapologetic after throwing several punches at Matthew Tkachuk A fight took place after Matthew Tkachuk hit Zack Kassian in the second period Kassian threw the 22-year-old to the ground twice and faces further punishment An offender involved in a brutal fight during an NHL match has defended his actions after

And Corey Hirsch, former NHL goalie and current Sportsnet commentator: “2 reckless head hits in the same game to Kassian, and he’s going to get suspended for having to take matters into his own hands. Smh.”

And former NHL winger Scottie Upshall, commenting on the above clip: “From this angle, it’s clear as day MT (Matt Tkachuk) has ABSOLUTELY ZERO intention of making a hockey play. Again, for those of u who haven’t played at any level, other than Xbox, our new NHL states u must acknowledge there’s a puck on the ice at some point (I had no idea most nights either!)…. Kassian payed the price already. His team lost a big game on his instigator penalty. Smoked 3 times by M.T and he took it like a MAN. By the 3rd hit, he had enough and let the kid know it’s still a MANS game. (Or is it?) Sometimes a punch in the face (or 5) is what a guy needs… For those u haven’t played the game…. coming down from your WING (as a winger) to hit a vulnerable guy on a wraparound is as DIRTY as it gets… I know because I’ve done it, lots. I deserved a punch in the face too. If this hit was on McDavid, 10 GAMER MIN!.”

Zack Kassian gets two games for pummelling Tkachuk, will return just in time for next Battle of Alberta

  Zack Kassian gets two games for pummelling Tkachuk, will return just in time for next Battle of Alberta After an early-afternoon hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, it seemed inevitable that the Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian would be suspended. The pronouncement came down a few hours later: two games. Edmonton’s Zack Kassian has been suspended for two games under Rule 46.2 (Aggressor) for an altercation with Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk. https://t.co/GNOVYmYAkh — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 14, 2020 By the league’sEdmonton’s Zack Kassian has been suspended for two games under Rule 46.2 (Aggressor) for an altercation with Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk. https://t.

Get play -by- play updates on the Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames hockey game. Matthew Tkachuk credited with hit on Alex Chiasson in defensive zone Goal scored by Elias Lindholm assisted by Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane

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And former NHLer PJ Stock, now a hockey commentator: “This is where the game is going in the wrong direction. How many players are with concussions today bc of players allowed to get away with their style of play and not be held accountable. The same intention of that hit, yes way way worse on many levels, but by a rookie with-No history- gets 20 games (Stock linked here to a hit by Steve Downie on Dean McAmmond). Yes player left his feet and Dean was hurt but intentions are the same. 20 games. No history. If Connor McDavid were to receive that hit..and get hurt…would Kassian be having this talk? Or would we celebrate him?”

NHL insiders also came to the defence of Kassian.

Boston Bruins insider Joe Haggerty of NBC sports: “The NHL is getting in their own way by moving to punish Zack Kassian after he handled things on the ice w/Matthew Tkachuk in the right way. A vicious way, but the right way. Once again they protect gutless opportunists & punish guys trying to deter it”

In a column , Haggerty added: “Maybe the NHL will handle it the proper way and simply slap Kassian with a fine rather than a more draconian suspension for doing what many NHL players want to do to Tkachuk. It’s another example of the NHL protecting a rat-type player that doesn’t want to answer for their predatory actions on the ice and instead going after somebody that was defending themselves in the way they know best. One player is pretty clearly trying to knock the other one’s head off while lining him up for hits that he doesn’t see coming. The other one is simply trying to curtail the action albeit by throwing the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Tkachuk around like he’s a child that snuck his way into a men’s league hockey game.”

Suspension for Oilers’ Kassian proves unpredictability of bans

  Suspension for Oilers’ Kassian proves unpredictability of bans It was anyone’s guess what the punishment would be for Zack Kassian after Saturday’s altercation with Matthew Tkachuk. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector offers a breakdown of the situation. The post WNBA, players reach tentative eight-year labour deal appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.We’re not saying George Parros’ people are always wrong. We are saying, however, that those who try to predict the length of the suspensions that the DoPS metes out usually are. (Including me.

HFBoards - NHL Message Board and Forum for National Hockey League . Home Forums NHL Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division Carolina A winger could do that on *every* play to guys coming around the net, but it' s dangerous , so they don't. Also, Tkachuk clearly sees Kassian and takes four

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a group of people wearing costumes:  Zack Kassian #44 of the Edmonton Oilers pummels Matthew Tkachuk #19 of the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on January 11, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.© Derek Leung Zack Kassian #44 of the Edmonton Oilers pummels Matthew Tkachuk #19 of the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on January 11, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

And Hockey Night in Canada host Dan Murphy: “One (if not both) of Tkachuk’s hits was really dirty. I don’t mind Kassian’s response at all. I don’t mind Tkachuk not fighting there. Adds to his elite level of a crap disturber. Thanks for coming to my TED Talk. I will not be taking questions.”

And NHL Player Safety Mod, a moderator not affiliated with the NHL who comments on major incidents: “Two separate incidents with Zack Kassian-Matthew Tkachuk tonight. If officials made correct call, Tkachuk would’ve been removed from the game in the first period after an illegal check to the head of Kassian at 9:18 in the first period.”

And scout Mark Seidel of North American Central Scouting Independent Bureau: “To be clear. I love Matthew Tkachuk & he could play for me anytime but he can’t have it both ways. If he wants to lay predatory hits, he needs to stand up & be accounted for. He clearly targeted Kassian but then bailed on answering the bell. He’ll learn but it’s a bad look.”

And the Journal’s Jim Matheson on Twitter: “I must be operating in a different universe on the Kassian-Tkachuk scenario. Kassian should have received a major for fighting and Tkachuk two for a clear charge from behind. And what was linesman doing as Kassian kept throwing them? Kassian will likely get game or two suspension… Our game has become so sanitized that Kassian trying to get his pound of flesh from Tkachuk for running him dangerously from behind into the end boards is looked upon as a cowardly move because Tkachuk won’t fight or hold on. Sorry I’m old school…”

Flames fan starts GoFundMe to put up Tkachuk billboards in Edmonton

  Flames fan starts GoFundMe to put up Tkachuk billboards in Edmonton The battle of Alberta is heating up. Following the recent incident involving Edmonton Oilers winger Zack Kassian and Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, a fan has started a GoFundMe campaign to put up billboards of Tkachuk around Edmonton. "We have decided that Edmonton deserves to see much more of Matthew Tkachuk. So we are raising funds to place multiple billboards around the city of Edmonton with just Tkachuk's face on them (and forFollowing the recent incident involving Edmonton Oilers winger Zack Kassian and Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, a fan has started a GoFundMe campaign to put up billboards of Tkachuk around Edmonton.

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My take

  1. If the on-ice referees had got it right Tkachuk would have been out of the game for the charging blind side head shot on Kassian in the first period.
  2. If the NHL doesn’t take this illegal and dangerous initial hit into account when it considers Kassian’s attack on Tkachuk, it’s rejecting pertinent evidence. It was a failure of the refs to miss the dangerous element of that first Tkachuk hit, and it’s gross incompetence on the part of NHL Player Safety to now say there was no illegal aspect to that initial hit.
  3. I wish the Oilers had drafted Matt Tkachuk. But he needs to be suspended for these vicious and sneaky hits or all hell is going to break loose. It already is.

At the Cult

LEAVINS: Fightin’ words between Oilers and Flames

McCURDY: Player grades as the Edmonton Oilers slip 4-3 in a thrilling Battle of Alberta

STAPLES: Ken Holland’s summer report card gets higher marks

Flames, Oilers fans raise nearly $20,000 for charity after Tkachuk-Kassian skirmish .
From fighting in the latest edition of the Battle of Alberta came some philanthropy, as Calgary and Edmonton fans made duelling donations as a result of the Zack Kassian-Matthew Tkachuk skirmish from Saturday.The Battle of Alberta got nasty on Saturday as Oilers forward Zack Kassian and Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk traded barbs during Calgary's 4-3 win over Edmonton.

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