Kassian out 'til medal round

The IIHF has suspended Team Canada forward Zack Kassian one additional game for his match penalty assessed in Tuesday's 7-2 clobbering of the Czech Republic. With the infraction earning an automatic one-game penalty, the supplemental discipline extends Kassian's absence through the rest of the preliminary round. Along the way, the 6'3 bruising scorer will miss Canada's games against Norway (Wednesday) and Sweden (Friday).

As previously mentioned, IIHF rules do not forgive high hits, especially those from the blindside. Debate continues over where the primary contact was made, but regardless the ruling implies that there was a hit to the head and neck area.

There's a new poll to the right that that I'd like folks to vote on. It's pretty simple.

If there is anyone who has mixed emotions about 2010 ending, it's Zack Kassian. It's hard to enjoy a Memorial Cup win, your first NHL contract, and Team Canada achievement amidst a 20-game OHL suspension, an assault arrest, and poor World Junior pub. Either way, I know a gaggle of Sabres fans ready for him to don a blue and gold sweater.
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Anonymous
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010 ×

Foligno has been impressive. With all the roster spots opening up next year, barring anyone they pick up to fill the voids, do you see Kassian and Foligno both making it on along with Luke Adam? They still should subtract more veterans (maybe Hecht) and bring in a leader to mentor the young guys.

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Kris Baker
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010 ×

Given the team's history of building from within and the current lack of forward depth in the pipeline, the biggest organizational need right now is these two quickly developing into everyday NHLers.

It would be great if they could stick and start forming that new core with Adam, Ennis, Myers and the chosen holdovers, but they'll still need to do some center shopping. Connolly, Niedermayer, Grier all UFA. Hecht one more year at....$3M. Signing Matt Cullen would have been huge.

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Anonymous
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Thursday, December 30, 2010 ×

My point exactly about Hecht, move him now before Ruff puts him at center. Any center you had in mind for the Sabres to pick up Kris?

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