Zack Kassian RW MTL 2 months ago

The Canucks traded Kassian and a fifth-round draft pick to the Canadiens on Wednesday in exchange for Brandon Prust, reports.

Kassian, who notched 10 goals and 16 points in 42 games with the Canucks this past season to go along with 81 PIM, bolsters the Habs' depth and size up front. His fantasy upside, however, hinges on who his 2015-16 linemates end up being, but the 2009 first-rounder still has some untapped potential.

Zack Kassian RW MTL 4 months ago

Kassian will not require offseason surgery to deal with the back issue that kept him out of the Vancouver lineup down the stretch.

Kassian, who last suited up on March 14, now has the offseason for his back issue to settle down. In 42 games this past season, he notched 10 goals, 16 points and 81 PIM. He remains under contract with Vancouver next season at a cap hit of of $1.75 million.

Zack Kassian RW MTL 5 months ago

Kassian (back) resumed skating on his own last Friday.

The winger has yet to receive clearance to practice with the rest of the team, which will prevent him from being unavailable for the start of the Canucks' first-round series with the Flames. Coach Willie Desjardins would likely be loath to make any lineup changes if the Canucks play well in the early stages of the playoffs, so Kassian may have a tough time cracking the forward ranks once he's back at full health.

Zack Kassian RW MTL 5 months ago

Kassian (back) hasn't resumed practicing with the Canucks, Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province reports.

Kassian suffered the back injury March 17 and has been limited ever since. At this point, it appears highly doubtful he'll play again during the regular season, and his status for the first round of the playoffs could be in jeopardy as well.

Zack Kassian RW MTL 5 months ago

Kassian (back) is not with the Canucks on their current four-game road trip, the Province reports.

Coach Willie Desjardins didn't completely rule Kassian out for the entire trip, but he did confirm that the forward won't play either Monday against the Blues or Tuesday against the Preds.

Zack Kassian RW MTL 5 months ago

Kassian (back) reportedly suffered a minor setback while skating last week, Jon Abbott of TSN 1040 reports.

With Kassian evidently not yet close to 100 percent, his status moving forward remains cloudy as Thursday's game against the Avs approaches.

Zack Kassian RW MTL 5 months ago

Kassian (back) will not play Tuesday against the Jets, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.

Kassian didn't even take part in the morning skate with the Canucks, so it wouldn't appear that he's closing in on a return quite yet. He'll miss his fifth straight game Tuesday, and it looks like he could be on course to miss time beyond that.

Zack Kassian RW MTL 5 months ago

Kassian (back) has been ruled out for the Canucks' two-game road trip over the weekend.

As expected by his limited participation during Friday's session, Kassian will be held out of his third and fourth consecutive games in an attempt to aid his recovery from the back issue. The Canucks appear inclined to roll with Alex Burrows as the top-line right wing in his absence.

Zack Kassian RW MTL 5 months ago

Kassian (back) was limited to skating on his own prior to Friday's practice, Jon Abbott of TSN 1040 reports.

Kassian has missed the last two games due to the back issue, and since he has yet to resume practicing with the team, it appears unlikely that he'll travel with the Canucks for their two-game road trip over the weekend. Expect coach Willie Desjardins to provide word on Kassian's status for the trip before the Canucks head to Hollywood for Saturday's tilt with the Kings.

Zack Kassian RW MTL 5 months ago

Kassian (back) will not play Thursday against the Blue Jackets, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.

Kassian was able to get in a solo skate under the watchful eye of coach Glenn Carnegie, but he won't be a candidate to play until he starts practicing with the main group. As a result, Alex Burrows is slated to take Kassian's spot on the top line for the second straight game.