From the Vancouver Sun’s Elliott Pap:
The explanation from coach Willie Desjardins was that Kassian has to be more consistent. Which is the same explanation it’s always been with Kassian since he came to Vancouver in the Cody Hodgson trade.
To be sure, Kassian did have a few good moments in Friday’s 5-2 win over Buffalo…
At the same time, a lot of players have good moments against the Sabres. The 24-year-old winger also took another undisciplined penalty (by needlessly slashing goalie Matt Hackett) when the game was still up for grabs in the second period.
Kassian was scratched Sunday against the Wild because 1) Desjardins wanted to get Derek Dorsett, who missed the Sabres game with an injury, back into the lineup and 2) the coach decided to keep rookie Ronalds Kenins in the lineup in order to get a better look at the 23-year-old Latvian (who ended up scoring his first NHL goal).
Where this all ends up is hard to say. Kassian, with just two goals and four assists in 26 games, is clearly frustrated, and this won’t stop the trade rumors.
At the same time, what’s the market for Kassian right now? His trade value has arguably never been lower.