Only a quicky Penguins replace. There’s a rumor afloat, revealed by Pittsburgh Hockey Now, tying the Pens to Edmonton proper wing Zack Kassian.
A former 13th total choose by Buffalo in 2009, the rugged 30-year-old proper wing has fallen wanting these lofty expectations, however he’s been removed from a bust. The truth is, the 6’3” 210-pounder’s developed into a quick, more-than-serviceable heavyweight/scorer who’s tallied 84 targets in 552 profession video games with the Sabres, Canucks and, most not too long ago, the Oilers.
In some ways a throw-back to old-school energy forwards like black-and-gold alumni “Scary” Gary Roberts and Rick Tocchet.
Evidently, he isn’t shy about dropping the gloves. The fast-swinging lefty’s fought all the large heavies, together with Tom Wilson and ex-Pens Erik Gudbranson and Ryan Reaves. Though he doesn’t at all times prevail, Zack typically offers account of himself and he’s fearless. And whereas he can lose management of his feelings at occasions (the Matthew Tkachuk donnybrook), a bit hearth is perhaps simply what the physician ordered for our “simply play” Pens.
What would it not take to land Kassian? I’m speculating, however the Oilers…kayoed within the first-round of the playoffs two straight seasons…want cheap younger expertise to fill in behind mega-talented (and mega-pricey) superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
I’m guessing the Oilers would ask for a mid-level prospect like Radim Zohorna.
An added phrase of warning earlier than we cough up a prospect to accumulate Zack. Following back-to-back 15-goal seasons with the Oil, Kassian slumped to a meager two targets in 27 video games throughout an injury-riddled ‘20-21 marketing campaign (concussion points).
Crimson-flag metropolis. Given his hell-for-leather model, you marvel how a lot mileage is left on his tread.
Contract-wise, the Windsor, Ontario native has three seasons remaining on a take care of a mean annual worth of $3.2 million. To place that into perspective, solely 300 Ok per season lower than Bryan Rust.
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