Oilers Kassian set for hearing after altercation with Flames Tkachuk

Oilers Kassian set for hearing after altercation with Flames Tkachuk

The Oilers' next game is Tuesday against Nashville. "So that gave me some clarity on what you can do and can't do now, so I put that in the memory bank". After speaking with Parros on the phone, he explained how the hit (by Tkachuk) is not dirty.

Kassian went even further with his comments, stating that the next Battle of Alberta is sure to be a feisty one.

Kassian called the hits "targeted" and was unhappy Tkachuk didn't respond with fists of his own.

Late in the second period at the Saddledome, with the game tied 3-3, Kassian reached his personal enough when Tkachuk drilled him into the boards and sent his helmet flying.

Kassian retaliated by grabbing Tkachuk and tried to initiate a fight. Kassian received a four-minute penalty and was later handed a two-game suspension by the National Hockey League.

"I'd do it all over again".

"I can do what Matthew Tkachuk did", he said.

"I don't like the hits".

"If they are clean, they are still predators, which is completely fine", he said.

"You play with fire, eventually you're going to get burned", Kassian said.

Had Tkachuk been willing on Saturday to go toe-to-toe with gloves off, the unpleasantness might have ended already, Kassian said. "But if you play big-boy hockey, you're going to have to answer the bell every once in a while". He actually might gain a per cent of respect in the league.

The Oilers and Flames are scheduled for a two-game home-and-home on January 29 and February 1, just in time for Kassian to come back from his suspension.

When Draisaitl was asked on Monday what he would do if he and McDavid found themselves sharing the ice with Tkachuk for some 3-on-3 during all-star, he said simply: "I would probably get off the ice", per Jim Matheson. "I don't think he realizes we're in the same division".

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