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Oilers’ Zack Kassian Placed on LTIR, Will Miss at Least 10 Games

The Edmonton Oilers have placed forward Zack Kassian on LTIR after an injury suffered in Monday’s game versus the Ottawa Senators.

The Edmonton Oilers will go into the second game of a back-to-back with the Ottawa Senators without the services of forward Zack Kassian. The winger was listed as week-to-week and then was placed on LTIR by the team. He is out at least 10 games. It appears Alex Chiasson will be coming into the lineup as a replacement and the organization has called up Devin Shore from the taxi squad.

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Kassian left Monday night’s game early against the Senators and did not return after a fight with defenseman Erik Gudbranson. Oilers’ head coach Dave Tippett had called out Kassian earlier in the day, hinting the forward needed to be more engaged. After one scrap involving Jujhar Khaira had already taken place, Kassian was looking for another. Gudbranson accepted and while it didn’t appear Kassian was any worse for wear, he was unable to return to the game.

Tippett said of the Kassian injury, “I think it’s going to be a week to week thing for him. He added, “They’re doing some more evaluations.”

Zack Kassian Erik Gudbranson fight Oilers vs. Senators

Kassian had only three points in his first 12 games and he’s looked completely unlike the player who started this season on the first line and scored an assist in the first game. He was quickly replaced on that line by Jesse Puljujarvi and never earned the slot back.

Kassian has oftentimes looks unengaged, out of place and unmotivated. He got demoted down to the third-line and while he was playing a useful role, the coach wanted more.

Because the Oilers signed Kassian to a four-year, $3.2-million contract last year, there’s an expected production that comes with the territory of a contract like that. If you’re not going to score, the least you can do is be engaged and his nine penalty minutes on the season simply weren’t enough.

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