In the meantime, Kassian is making sure his message is heard loud and clear.
Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian has been suspended two games for his attack on Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk during the teams' game Saturday night, the National Hockey League announced. "Kassian grabs Tkachuk by the collar and begins throwing punches pulling him to the ice on multiple occasions and not stopping until the official separate the two".
The incident took place after Tkachuk lined up Kassian for a pair of big hits in Calgary's 4-3 win over the Oilers on Saturday.More news: Orange County's first flu death of season reported
"Clean or dirty, if someone takes two runs at you on your blindside, I told [the league], since I've been in minor midget I've stood up for myself and my teammates". Anybody who's been in the game a long time knows they're predatory hits. People can't do that when I'm out there.
"I'd do it all over again", Kassian said. "I don't think he realizes that we're in the same division, and I have a great memory".
The scrap also has potential to make for some interesting moments at the upcoming NHL All-Star Game on January 25 because Tkachuk will be teammates with Oilers stars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.More news: In Numbers | David Warner & Aaron Finch Rewrite Records During Mumbai Masterclass
"Draisaitl when asked what he would do if he and McDavid had to play with Tkachuk in 3 on 3 at all-star game: "I would get off the ice," read a tweet by Matheson posted this afternoon.
The 28-year-old Kassian has 13 goals, 15 assists and 64 penalty minutes through 44 games with Edmonton this season.
So, Kassian will miss Tuesday's home game against Nashville and the Saturday afternoon tilt with the Arizona Coyotes here, but will return to the ice for a rematch with the Flames on January 29 at Rogers Place, where he may or may not be on his best behaviour, depending on how things go with Tkachuk - one of the game's best wingers, but a player who likes to stir stuff up.More news: Arizona Wildcats at Oregon State Beavers Betting Pick