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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

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.

Share this Story: Ex - NHL players & insiders defend Zack Kassian and blast Matt Tkachuk ' s dangerous plays . 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

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 Turtlechuck for his refusal to fight Kassian . Said TSN’ s Ray Ferraro, an ex - NHL sniper, on the Twitter about the

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.”

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  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.

It was Tkachuk ’ s willingness to punish a vulnerable, engaged opponent as he came around the net that had the NHL ’s head offices quietly concerned The hit Upshall and others were referring to is that play where a winger leaves his defensive position to check a player who is circling the net with the puck

Sports Matt Tkachuk ' s hit on Zack Kassian "wasn't a cheap shot" and there's no onus on Tkachuk 08:40 28 january 2020 Source: edmontonjournal.com. Ex - NHL players & insiders defend Zack Player Safety has also said there will be no discipline for Tkachuk after his dangerous hits on

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.”

Kassian has no regrets about Tkachuk altercation: 'I'd do it again'

  Kassian has no regrets about Tkachuk altercation: 'I'd do it again' Zack Kassian isn't going to apologize anytime soon for his actions toward Matthew Tkachuk that warranted a two-game suspension. "I'd do it again all over again," Kassian said to reporters when asked if he'd do anything differently. "Since I've been in minor midget I've stood up for myself and my teammates. People don't do that to me or my teammates when I'm out there. To me, those are two dangerous hits." The Edmonton Oilers forward got into an altercation with the Calgary Flames winger on Saturday. After two questionable hits from Tkachuk, Kassian engaged in a one-sided fight with him.

Ex - NHL players & insiders defend Zack Kassian and blast Matt Tkachuk ' s dangerous plays . Former NHL referee refers to actions of Matt Tkachuk : "provocateur who turtles." Edmonton billboards showcasing Calgary Flames' Matthew Tkachuk leads to 'Charitable Battle of Alberta'.

Zack Kassian to face player safety hearing after throwing punches at Matthew Tkachuk in wild Player Safety has also said there will be no discipline for Tkachuk after his dangerous hits on Zack Kassian absolutely lost it on @NHLFlames Matthew Tkachuk . pic.twitter.com/PDzY1xrkm3.

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!.”

Matt Tkachuk's hit on Zack Kassian "wasn't a cheap shot" and there's no onus on Tkachuk to fight Kassian, says ex-Flames agitator

  Matt Tkachuk's hit on Zack Kassian This in from Sportsnet, ex-Flames player Neil Sheehy’s defence of current Calgary Flames agitator Matt Tkachuk for his part in Tkurtlegate. “This wasn’t a cheap shot (on Zack Kassian),” Sheehy told Flames insider Eric Francis of Tkachuk. “It was a good hit. I thought Tkachuk went easy on him, and I think that’s scary because it was a big hit.” Sheehy agued there’s no onus on Tkachuk to now fight Kassian, after refusing to fight him and taking a beat when the team’s last met on January 11th. “People try to goad you in, and call you a turtle….I think you’re anything but when you put a hit on a guy like that. The reality is there’s no reason for (Tkachuk) to fight.

Ex - NHL players & insiders defend Zack Kassian and blast Matt Tkachuk ' s dangerous plays . Respect of Flames' Tkachuk questioned after dangerous hits on Kassian - Sportsnet.ca.

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

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.”

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.

Ex - NHL players & insiders defend Zack Kassian and blast Matt Tkachuk ' s dangerous playshttps For a guy who throws lots of big hits at big guys, Tkachuk sure doesn't like to answer the bell. He's fast getting the rep of the Turtle of Alberta.

tkachuk is a wimp #tkurtlegate sure plays nothing like his dad did, Walt shud kick his ass for being so Wimpy. If yer gonna run players don’t turtle afterwardshttps David Staples @dstaples. Ex - NHL players & insiders defend Zack Kassian and blast Matt Tkachuk ' s dangerous plays #Oilers

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…”

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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

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Ryan Kesler lays down the law on Matt Tkachuk: "Everybody that knows the game of hockey thinks what Kassian did is right." .
Kesler: “We all know what Tkachuk is doing, he’s trying to hurt him.” This in from the Kes and Juice podcast on the ninth day of Tkurtlegate, excellent Tkachuk/Kassian commentary from two former Edmonton Oilers antagonists, ex-Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks players Ryan “Kes” Kesler and Kevin “Juice” Bieksa, as well as an interview with Zack Kassian himself. Here are the highlights (warning: some profanity in this transcript, as one might expect from ex_NHLers): “I hate the word ‘The Code.’ I think it’s a media-coined phrase,” said Bieksa of all the talk of Matthew Tkachuk of the Caglary Flames violating The Code. “The term I like more is ‘The game within the game.

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