This is going to be a fantastic shit show of epic comedic levels not seen in some time. I'm looking forward to following the nonsense already. With Bernie declaring his candidacy and a bunch of others already, we're starting to see people begin media tours & speaking engagements with people (as opposed to their usual speaking engagements, in front of rich people)
My personal fave so far Amy Klobuchar. She is gonna be a gem lol. This video is semi-comedic, so be aware
Let the trainwreck begin!! Trump has basically already won a second term at this rate.
That's a weird line to draw and you don't know if that motive is really for pleasure or for other reasons. Subconscious reasons could be at play.
The good ol "we don't know the motive".
As mysterious as the Orlando night club shooter.
hate to say it, and even though this article is a month old it pretty much described what I think Kassian could do for our team but he seems controllable and that is what most thought he could not be.
He admits himself that the game is going for speed.
We know that, why, because it is there.
But to keep it short, read this long article. lol
If the Edmonton Oilers would be selling low on Jesse Puljujarvi, should they want to trade him because he is showing some signs of Nail Yakupov, they would be selling considerably higher on Zack Kassian because he’s putting up points on the top line.
He can skate, he’s tough and Eastern Stanley Cup contenders especially need somebody as a deterrent for Tom Wilson in Washington.
Kassian has been a fourth-line right-winger for much of his Edmonton Oilers days, and, if he’s there at $1.95 million for another year, that’s probably too much if interim general manager Keith Gretzky is still looking at fixing a salary cap that is far too high for where the Oilers are in the standings.
Maybe too rich for other teams, too.
But Kassian isn’t a bottom-six player right now.
He is playing well with 11 points in his last 15 games, including six goals.
Now, Kassian has vacillated between being able to play with big guns and just being a banger and willing pugilist, as before. So we’re not too sure who the real Kassian is.
But his marketability will never be higher if Gretzky is looking for a different kind of forward in that $2 million range, or at least a third-round draft pick to make up for the one that went to Florida for Alex Petrovic.
It’s a conundrum for Gretzky. He is getting the very best out of Kassian right now, on a team that couldn’t find the ocean from the end of the pier most nights. But if teams are calling, he has to listen. And, he has a good asset.
The Maple Leafs have scary skill but are they tough enough? Probably not. Tampa may hit 100 points by this weekend and while it appears they have better team toughness this season than last, they couldn’t handle Wilson and the Capitals in the playoffs last spring.
What if they meet again,which is why they are in the Wayne Simmonds trade mix, too? Do the Penguins have enough grit? Boston probably does: They’ve got Zdeno Chara and Kevin Miller.
Opinions are reserved on Kassian.
“Not sure about Kassian to the Leafs. Not sure a team should be interested in Kassian. I think he’s marginal,” said one long-time NHL scout, who later said the banging, big body Devante Smith-Pelly might, however, be a good comparison for what Kassian could bring to the table.
And Smith-Pelly was a major factor for the Caps last spring.
Kassian is certainly part of TSN’s trade list. Nice to be in the company of Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, Mark Stone, Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes, but a little unsettling.
“I have been traded once before at the deadline, from Buffalo to Vancouver,” said Kassian, who was moved to the Canucks for Cody Hodgson in February 2012.
He doesn’t care if his name’s out there, or not.
“It’s different for every player, everybody has a different personality. There’s always rumours, every year there’s big articles, you’ve got the TSN trade bait. It’s entertaining but as a player, you just want to play. It is what it is,” said Kassian.
“When I got traded, I was on my way to the airport for a trip to the West Coast and (then general manager) Darcy Regier called me. I survived,” he said, with a laugh.
Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock has said he likes a bigger body with McDavid, if they can keep up.
“Zack’s role’s changed and it’s given him a different focus,” said Hitchcock.
“People weren’t sure if he could keep up to this pace but it looks like he can. He’s a trusted player killing penalties and he’s having a heck of a time right now. We saw things in practice that never materialized in the games and now they’re starting to do so. He’s a legitimate top-nine forward the way he’s playing,” said Hitchcock, adding Kassian’s making better decisions with the puck.
“He’s showing more patience, which comes with playing with better (offensive) players.”
Kassian had tastes with the Sedins in Vancouver and small looks with McDavid or Draisaitl over the past two years, but it hasn’t stuck. He looks better now than he has all season long.
“Since Hitch took over, I’ve been given a little more opportunity and I’ve run with it and with the points, my 200-foot game has sharpened,” said Kassian, who got chunks of ice-time with Kyle Brodziak and Milan Lucic on a heavy, fore-checking, cycling line after Hitchcock initially took over last November, and has bounced around, finally settling with McDavid or Draisaitl the last while.
He played a career high 20:10 in Pittsburgh last week.
“The league’s trending faster and if you’re a bigger guy who can skate, it’s definitely a positive,” said Kassian. “And I have to maintain that.”
Added Hitchcock: “I think he’s comfortable being the worker bee on the top line.”
Nobody’s quite like Wilson, as long as he can stay away from hitting unsuspecting players and winding up in the Player Safety court. He can shoot, he can skate, and he leans on people.
“I think this is where the game’s going. This is what that (Josh) Anderson does in Columbus and Wilson, of course. You need big bodies who can skate. Zack can skate, he’s got good puck skills but he’s always been a very conservative player,” said Hitchcock.
“He’s been a dump-it-in player and now we’re asking him to hang onto the puck and make plays.”