From the NHL:
The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that forward Zack Kassian of the Montreal Canadiens has been returned to available status and has entered the follow-up care phase of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.
Kassian’s care continues to be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA SABH Program.
Kassian, 24, was placed in Stage Two of the SABH program on Oct. 5, and was suspended without pay until clearance. This came just days after he was involved in an early morning car accident in Montreal, in which Kassian was a passenger in a SUV driven by a 20-year-old female.
Montreal police later confirmed that while speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, alcohol may have.
Kassian has yet to appear in a regular-season contest with the Habs, and it remains to be seen how the team handles this situation moving forward.
Kassian, who did score a career-high 14 goals and 29 points with Vancouver during the ’13-14 campaign, could slot into the lineup and possibly provide a scoring punch.
But it remains to be seen when — or, if — Kassian will get back into GM Marc Bergevin’s good graces.
“We are professionals and we have to behave like professionals,” Bergevin said following Kassian’s accident, per the Gazette. “You have to be respectful and you’re lucky to be a hockey player.
“I’m a firm believer in character and that’s really a lack of character and judgment on his part.”
Update: Didn’t take long for Montreal to make a decision, as TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the club has put Kassian on waivers.