Oilers centre Sam Gagner suffered a broken jaw on Saturday night in a pre-season game against Vancouver.
The forward tweeted a message to the fans including a photo of the aftermath of the high-stick to his face. See below, but I warn you... viewer discretion is advised. Ouch.
The NHL has announced that two suspensions have been levied against the Vancouver Canucks as a result of their 5-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
On Saturday night, Canucks Zack Kassian was assessed a double minor for a high-stick on Sam Gagner. The play resulted in Gagner breaking his jaw and losing teeth. He will undergo surgery tomorrow.
Kassian has been suspended for the remainder of the pre-season and five regular season games.
Dale Weise delivered a check to the head of Oilers forward Taylor Hall.
The hit will cost Weise a three pre-season game suspension.
The Oilers claim that one of the reasons that they went out and claimed Steve MacIntyre off of waivers was because of what transpired in their pre-season game against the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver's Zack Kassian caught Sam Gagner in the face with a high-stick, resulting in a broken jaw.
MacIntyre will be one of the Oilers players who will answer the bell when it comes time to protect the young stars on the roster. Kassian had some harsh words to say about the Oilers pick up.
"Perfect," Kassian told the media. "I don't think he can skate, that's the last thing on our mind."
The Oilers and the Canucks play each other five times this season. The first of which is on Saturday October 5.
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MacIntyre was brought in as a deterrent and protection for the young stars on Edmonton's roster.
"Watching the Leafs-Buffalo game last night and what happened to us against Vancouver it shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody that we'd gain some toughness or pick up some toughness," MacTavish. "We've talked about it pretty extensively in the past three or four months. We know the player, we know what he's capable of and we think there was a need here and that's why we picked him up."
When asked if MacIntyre will make an impact right away, MacTavish had this to say:
"I think he's going to make an impact.
"I think you need the deterrent especially with our team. That was further evidenced against Vancouver. They didn't have their most complete lineup so I'm not naive enough to think that their lineup is not going to change but it's a weapon that we didn't have. Now that we have it, we're thankful of that."
MacIntyre was a guest on Oilers Now with Bob Stauffer on 630 CHED this morning and was elated to join the Oilers again, having played with them in the past.
"I haven't talked with (the Oilers head coach) yet," MacIntyre told Stauffer. "I assume my role hasn't changed. I'm not trying to re-invent the wheel. I've been following along the story lines that have been happening there in Edmonton with Vancouver. I've been interested in the whole changing of the guard there with the new coaching staff and I've been an Oilers fan since the time I was little even when I was playing with other teams. I follow them and I'm looking forward to coming in and doing what I can to help win."
MacIntyre understands his role with the Oilers and is ready to fill that void as the new weapon for Edmonton.
"You know as well as I do what my job and my role is to do. It's to take care of those young fellas and the rising stars of the Edmonton Oilers and that's going to be a challenge for me and one I am gratefully accepting."
MacTavish said that the team had been looking for some toughness for quite some time.
"It shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone that we've picked up some size and toughness. There was a need," he began. "Watching the Buffalo-Leafs game last night and after what happened to us with Vancouver (the Oilers needed a deterrent)."
The GM added that he expects MacIntyre to play five to six minutes a game.
"We know the type of player he is and the type of person he is. We think he's going to fit in well."
Regarding Gagner, MacTavish said that a plate or two will be inserted to repair the broken jaw. There is no current timeline on the centre's return.
Watch some highlights from MacIntyre's first stint with the Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers have claimed Steve MacIntryre off of waivers.
MacIntyre is a ten year veteran out of Brock, Saskatchewan. The six-foot-five, 250 pound winger has played in 91 NHL games, scoring four points (2-2-4) and tallying 175 penalty minutes.
The forward most recently played with the Pittsburgh Penguins American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
MacIntyre played for the Oilers from 2008-2010 and again in 2010-2011.
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When the Oilers signed centre Boyd Gordon this past off-season, the thought was that he would slot in as the team's third-line centre behind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner. Now that the latter two are both injured for what could potentially be a big chunk of October, Gordon will likely be asked to play a more offensive role than he has been used to.
"Whatever you have to do to help this team win," Gordon began. "If I've got to move up or whatever the case, sometimes when you lose one of your better players it brings everybody together and makes everybody bear down a little bit more and focus on what they have to do to help the team win."
Playing with offensive players isn't something new for Gordon as he has been placed on a line with the likes of David Perron, Nail Yakupov and Ales Hemsky in his two pre-season games so far. He has acquitted himself well, with three assists and a +2 rating in those games to rank tied for second on the team in points in the exhibition campaign.
"When you play with skill guys, you want to make plays and contribute. I don't play an overly flashy game but you try to fit in as best you can. If you're playing those minutes, that's what's expected."
Gordon skated with Linus Omark and Yakupov on Sunday.
With the injury to Sam Gagner, a spot down the middle has opened up for one of the centres remaining in camp. Assuming Hall starts at centre, Will Acton, Mark Arcobello and Anton Lander are now battling it out for the final two spots.
"It's a potential opportunity," said Arcobello after practice on Sunday. "I've still got to keep working and maintain the same goals that I've had. I've just got to try and crack the lineup."
"It's pretty fun," Arcobello said about playing with Yakupov. "Quick player, great skills. Whenever I get a chance to play with him I try and make the most of it."
This pre-season is Arcobello's first with the Oilers where he has seen game action. He did get into a game last season, however, and feels that has helped the process.
"It's always a goal to play in the NHL and to even just get that first game was definitely one of my goals. It helped coming into this year, giving me more confidence knowing what to expect a little bit more on the ice and in the locker room. I think it helped."
When Taylor Hall was asked to play centre for the Oilers this summer, he figured it would be four or five games at most down the middle before Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was ready to re-assume his role as the team's number one pivot. However, now that Sam Gagner is also out for the first month of the season it looks like his playing time at centre will increase.
"It's a good thing I've been playing there for the last week or so. I'm going to keep playing centre and I'm fine with that," said Hall. "We're not going to make it a bigger problem than it is. We're going to fill the void and keep going out and doing our job."
Hall has played three games so far this pre-season. In his first game, against Calgary, he was an impressive 65% in the dot. In his second game at Vancouver, he was 53%. Last night, he struggled a bit more at 45%. Overall in the pre-season, Hall has been 29-for-54 for a success rate of 53.7% which is very good.
However, despite Hall's proficiency down the middle so far he realizes what a big loss Gagner is to the club.
"It's a really tough loss. It's not something we want to hear, especially with a guy like Gags coming off such a strong year."