Does Zack Kassian need to get out of Vancouver to improve his NHL career? What area of the Jets roster needs improvement?
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher notes how call-up winger Nicklas Jensen got promoted to the Canucks top line over Zack Kassian. Gallagher believes Kassian doesn’t have a future with the Canucks as long as John Tortorella is coach, suggesting the big winger request a trade. If management refuses to trade Kassian (who’s a restricted free agent this summer), Gallagher suggests he “should simply ignore all Vancouver contract offers, go to arbitration and set about taking his leave as quickly as possible.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The 23-year-old Kassian was projected as a power forward with upside when the Canucks acquired him two years ago from Buffalo in the Cody Hodgson trade. Though he still has time to develop and mature, it certainly doesn’t seem like he’ll get that opportunity in Vancouver. If there isn’t a management and coaching change this summer, it’ll be interesting to see how his contract talks play out.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless believes Jets management must bolster their fourth-line depth this summer. “Targeting a bottom-six centre or some wingers to play with Jim Slater on the fourth line could go a long way to establishing some depth at the NHL level”, writes Lawless.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering the Jets recent record regarding free agent acquisitions, Lawless could get his wish.