Zack Kassian scored his first goal of the season Sunday, but he may be skating for a new team at some point this season.
Elliotte Friedman had a brief mention of the Edmonton Oilers winger over the weekend on Hockey Night in Canada’s Saturday Headlines segment.
“Big week for Edmonton, including a huge win today against Nashville,” noted Friedman. “One potential roster move though - Zack Kassian has permission from the team to seek out a trade out of the city, to try to find a fresh start.”
Monday morning, during a radio hit on Edmonton’s TSN 1260, Bob McKenzie was asked about this report and if he knew what was going on.
“Anytime if you’re healthy scratched or whatever, if you’re a player like Zack Kassian who has been around the block in the National Hockey League you just want to play, and if you’re not going to get played here then you obviously express your dissatisfaction, I would assume,” began McKenzie. “And if you’re told ‘Well, you can find somewhere else to go,’ go do it.
“So I would assume that’s the basic premise of the situation with Kassian. I’m sure he wants to stay in Edmonton, would love to stay in Edmonton, and if he scores goals like he did last night and he’s in the lineup, then that’s a good start.
“But otherwise, obviously at that age and in a contract year for him, he wants to play.”
Kassian is in the second season of his three-year, $5.85 million contract, which carries a cap hit of $1.95 million.
Kassian does not have any trade protection written into that pact.
The veteran winger has started in seven of the team’s 10 games this season.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly