In a scrum in front of the benches with 48 seconds to go, Kassian pointed to his chin, gestured, and asked, “What’s that?”
It is assumed Kassian was gesturing Gagner’s jaw protector that has to wear as a result of Kassian’s reckless high stick in the preseason that earned the 22-year old winger a eight game suspension. Gagner had to undergo surgery and missed 13 games from the high stick.
As expected, the gesture elicited quite a negative response on Twitter” But, Ryan Rishaug, who reports on the Oilers for TSN, seemed to be the most riled one of them all:
Kassian mocking Gagner was bush league. That high stick was one of dumbest plays you’ll ever see. Zero remorse, embarrassed himself tonite — Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) December 14, 2013
He had to find out whether Kassian apologized to Gagner for his high stick to really nail down and illustrate the point that Kassian is classless:
Can confirm that at no point did Kassian reach out to Gagner after he shattered his jaw, No apology at all. Then that tonite, pretty bad. — Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) December 14, 2013
I think she’s right:
— Priyanka Chauhan (@pchauhan101) December 14, 2013
Obviously not classy by Kassian, but this is not the end of the world here.
— Rob The Hockey Guy (@RobTheHockeyGuy) December 14, 2013
I, for one, am happy that it wasn’t a throat slashing gesture. It sure looked like one to me initially and we know the NHL doesn’t take too kindly to such a gesture.