Zack Kassian picked a fight with the wrong guy. Kassian confessed Wednesday he was guilty of mistaken identity when he fought Flyers’ defenceman Luke Schenn in the first period of Tuesday night’s 3-2 Vancouver Canucks’ win in Philadelphia. A smiling Kassian said he was certain it was Schenn who seconds earlier had slammed defenceman Yannick Weber into the side boards. He didn’t learn until after the scrap that it was actually Zac Rinaldo. It should have been a Zac vs. Zack tilt. “Should have gone after Rinaldo” Kassian said. “Would have been an easier fight for me I think.” Kassian did just fine in his fight with Schenn and who knows he might drop the gloves again Thursday night when he returns to play in his former hockey home. Kassian isn’t expecting any Welcome Back Zack tributes from the Buffalo Sabres when the Canucks meet them in Game 2 of their seven-game road trip. Heck the Sabres didn’t even pay tribute to their former captain Jason Pominville when he visited the other night with the Minnesota Wild. Kassian wasn’t in Buffalo quite as long as Pominville. He spent a grand total of 27 games with the Sabres before Buffalo sent him to the Canucks in exchange for centre Cody Hodgson in February of 2012. Kassian does not have a case of the warm and fuzzies about his time in Buffalo but also insists he harbours no ill will toward the Sabres and general manager Darcy Regier. He knows his job is now to impress the Canucks not the Sabres. “It’s a part of the business. people get traded” Kassian said after the Canucks’ noon-hour practice in Philadelphia. “There are very few players in this league who play for one team their whole career. It just happened to me early in my career. “They gave me a chance to play in the NHL. They drafted me they made my dream come true and really that’s it.” Kassian was selected 13th overall by the Sabres in the 2009 draft. They fell in love with his size and skill set but the romance ended early. The Kassian-Hodgson trade appeared to shock everyone. Kassian didn’t see it coming and Hodgson insisted he didn’t either.
Zack Kassian has point to prove to the Canucks, not Sabres
Vancouver Sun | Oct 17