Earlier today I wrote about the Zack Kassian and Dale Weise possible suspensions from the Canucks/Oilers game Saturday. Kassian was given a double-minor for high sticking against Oilers’ projected new captain Sam Gagner, and Weise for a head hit on Oilers’ star winger Taylor Hall. Brendan Shanahan has come out with his decisions. Let’s start with Kassian.
If you haven’t seen the penalty to Kassian, you must be living under a rock. The first thing I did when I heard about it was look it up. It was pretty bad, and Gagner is out with a broken jaw, not to mention a few teeth less than when he started the game. Shanahan has decided to punish Kassian by giving him an eight game suspension. This includes his three preseason games left for the Canucks, and the first five games of their season. This means he comes back on October 12th against the Montreal Canadiens. Follow this link to see the breakdown of the suspension.
Next is Dale Weise. Although the angles that are available to see the hit aren’t that great, it looks pretty bad. Hall escaped injury and was fine, but Weise wasn’t let off that easy, after having to deal with Mike Brown after the hit, he was hit with a three game suspension. This puts him out for the rest of the preseason, and he will be there for the season opener against the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center in San Jose. Hall’s head was down and not even facing the direction that Weise was coming from, which left him defenseless.
So what do I think? I think that these are good decisions by Mr. Shanahan. I had my doubts about him, but he pulled through. Kassian has not had a record with the NHL (even though he has with the AHL and OHL), so the eight games that he has to sit out seems pretty fair. As for Weise, I also believe it was a good suspension. He will just miss the preseason and be ready for the regular season.
What do you, the fans, think? Go ahead and comment below with your thoughts about the suspensions. How do you like the choices, and if you don’t like them, tell me what you would have given them. I can’t wait to hear what you guys think! Follow us on Twitter @TMMotS and @NardoneDylan for more coverage on the NHL as the preseason ends and the regular season starts.