Everyone seems to be eagerly awaiting what occurs on the ice between the Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian and Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk after their final assembly within the Battle of Alberta resulted in a two-game suspension for the previous. However earlier than puck drop, the rugged ahead turned the benefactor of an off-the-ice resolution as he earned assurances that he’s a member of the Oilers’ long-term plan. Kassian signed a four-year contract extension value a mean annual worth of $three.2 million on Wednesday.
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Set to turn out to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, the 29-year-old ahead had his future looming with the expectation of hitting free company. As a substitute, he’ll obtain a pay elevate; he’s at present ending out a three-year deal value $1.95 million AAV. Kassian was traded to Edmonton on Dec. 28, 2015, by Montreal in return for Ben Scrivens.
With the commerce deadline looming, the Oilers are prone to be patrons as they vie for a playoff spot, however now there is not any doubt that Kassian can be part of that run. Oftentimes, gamers set to turn out to be UFAs are considered as potential leases for different groups.
Kassian: “If Tkachuk has the puck and I can hit him clear, I am not going to go on it”
Kassian has 28 factors (13 targets, 15 assists) in 44 video games this season. His greatest influence has been felt as an enforcer, particularly within the notorious Dec. 27 assembly towards the Flames when he laid a beating on Tkachuk after the Flames ahead took two sizable — and confrontational — hits on him.
The nine-year veteran is anticipated to demolish his career-high 29 factors (2013-14) as he’s on tempo for 49 regardless of lacking 5 video games this season.