Kassian says he didn’t want to fight Schenn per se. He wanted to fight the player that was responsible for levelling teammate Yannick Weber earlier in the shift.
It was actually Zac Rinaldo that hit Weber and Kassian didn’t find out about that until after the fight.
“Should have gone after Rinaldo,” Kassian told the Vancouver Sun. “Would have been an easier fight for me, I think.”
It explains a lot since the fight was unprovoked and a ‘staged fight’ between Schenn and Kassian wasn’t on anybody’s mind. The anticipated staged fight was Tom Sestito versus Jay Rosehill, which didn’t happen.
And yes, it would have been easier for Kassian to fight Rinaldo, who is 5’11″ and 180 pounds. Schenn is 6’2″, 230 pounds and wears a visor.