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Eakins: Kassian high stick ‘a disturbing play by a disturbing player’


The Oilers are none too pleased with the Canucks.

On Monday, both Edmonton players and coaches voiced displeasure with events from Saturday night’s 5-2 win, during which Vancouver’s Zack Kassian broke Sam Gagner’s jaw with a high stick and Dale Weise threw an elbow at Taylor Hall.

First up, Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins.

“A disturbing play by a disturbing player,” Eakins said of Kassian’s high stick, as per Sportsnet’s Mark Spector.

Both Kassian and Weise are facing supplemental discipline for their actions, with Kassian likely to get a stiffer sentence thanks to an in-person hearing request, which he declined to attend. Kassian did, however, have the hearing over the phone this morning.

But back to the Oilers for a sec.

Echoing his coach Eakins’ sentiments -- to a certain degree -- was noted tough guy Ben Eager.

“We play [the Canucks] a lot down the stretch,” Eager explained. “We’re going to go after their skill players also.”

While a good effort by Eager, he might want to re-check the calendar. The Canucks and Oilers play four times between Oct. 3-Jan. 27, then just once more over the final three months of the regular season.

That said, he does have a history with going after Vancouver’s skill guys: