Zack Kassian never played a regular season game for the Montreal Canadiens. But unless he is held out of Edmonton’s lineup on Saturday, he’ll face his old team as a member of the Oilers.
The Habs acquired Kassian from the Canucks in the summer, after the 25-year-old forward essentially wore out his welcome in Vancouver under the team’s new management. However, an October car accident that Kassian was involved in set forward a number of events that appears to have ultimately changed Kassian’s life for the better.
He told reporters that car accident might’ve been the best thing to happen to his career.
After the accident, he was placed in Stage 2 of the Substance Abuse program and suspended without pay. He was reinstated in December and immediately waived by the Canadiens. A couple of weeks later, he was traded to Edmonton.
And, after opening up about his struggles with alcoholism, he’s since been recalled to the NHL, appearing in eight games for the Oilers, scoring twice and adding four points.
“I’m not looking for any redemption,” said Kassian, as per Sportsnet.
“Me, I got an opportunity to play for the Edmonton Oilers and I’m very thankful for that. I’m not mad at Montreal by any means. If anything I’m mad at myself for screwing up that opportunity. I’m just looking to move forward. Obviously it will feel nice if I get a goal [Saturday] or even better if we get a win but there’s definitely no hard feelings.”
John Scott had a weekend to remember in Nashville, but the 2016 All-Star game MVP is heading back to reality as he’ll join the Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in St. John’s.
Are his days in the NHL done or is there a chance that Scott could be back in the NHL in the near future?
“What a great story. I found it fantastic, I found it extraordinary,” said Michel Therrien in french, per TVA Sports.
When asked if Scott could help the Canadiens down the road, Therrien added: “You never know.”
That still doesn’t mean Scott is likely to be recalled by the Canadiens.
Montreal hasn’t won back-to-back games since November and they have just six wins in their last 25 games.
Their playoff aspirations are fading, and using a roster spot on Scott probably wouldn’t be the wisest decision right now.
This one may have slipped under the radar because of the All-Star game.
The Montreal Canadiens recalled forwards Lucas Lessio and Sven Andrighetto on Sunday evening.
Lessio was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes for Christian Thomas on Dec. 15. This is his first stint with the Habs.
The 23-year-old played three games with the Coyotes in 2013-14 and 26 games last year, but he’s yet to suit up in an NHL game this season.
He was originally drafted in the second round, 56th overall, in the 2011 Entry Draft.
Lessio has three goals, nine points and 16 penalty minutes in 18 games since joining the St. John’s IceCaps in December.
The player Lessio was traded for, Christian Thomas, was recalled by Arizona prior to the All-Star break. He skated in one game during his call-up and didn’t register a point.
As for Andrighetto, this is his third different stint with the Canadiens in 2015-16.
The 22-year-old spent some time on Alex Galchenyuk‘s wing this season. Andrighetto has four goals and one assist in 17 games this season.
Recalling two forwards from the minors could mean that Max Pacioretty may miss an extended period of time. Pacioretty didn’t return to Tuesday’s game against Columbus after taking a P.K. Subban shot to the face.
This is just getting brutal.
The Montreal Canadiens were already limping into the All-Star break, and now they have to worry about the health of Max Pacioretty.
Pacioretty won’t return to Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after an unfortunate accident, as teammate P.K. Subban‘s shot caught him up high.
You can watch that painful moment in the video above.
Known as “Wolverine,” Pacioretty’s toughness and resounding healing ability has been well-documented. That must be a heartening consideration for Habs fans, yet that doesn’t guarantee that he’ll avoid missing time.
Update: As feared, Montreal also lost its second game against the disappointing Columbus Blue Jackets in as many nights, falling 5-2.
You know things are bad when a center-ice goal just provides a brief bit of joy.
The Montreal Canadiens stopped the bleeding from their troubling losing streak on Saturday, yet that shootout win only provided momentary relief.
They fell back down tonight, dropping a 5-2 loss to the banged-up Columbus Blue Jackets, who don’t even have a healthy head coach.
It’s just been that sort of stretch for Montreal. Since a 3-2 loss to the Capitals on Dec. 3, the Habs have hobbled to a 5-17-1 record.
That’s truly one of those double-take deals, as Montreal only has three wins (and has only generate seven standings points) so far in 2016.
The game was tied 2-2 heading into the third, but Columbus bounced back from that embarrassing goal. Brandon Saad scored the game-winner and added an empty-netter while dog-winner Cam Atkinson grabbed a hat trick.
In about 11 minutes, it went from a possible confidence-builder to an embarrassing night for Montreal, who will turn around and host Columbus tomorrow.
Things are so ugly, you almost wonder about Michel Therrien as the All-Star break nears … but hey, he does have the vote of confidence, right?