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Lucic fires a warning shot across Kassian's bow

Mike Armenti   ·   15 janvier 2020
When the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers meet on January 29th, I think we're all of the same mindset that we can expect to see fireworks.

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Following what was a ferocious assault by Oilers forward Zack Kassian on Flames forward Matthew Tkachuck, Kassian was dealt a two-game suspension for his aggressive pursuit of the young star winger. It would be difficult to argue that it was unjustified, as Tkachuk had taken a pair of questionable runs at Kassian just moments prior to the assault.

Earlier this week, Kassian let his intentions be known for the Oilers' January 29th meeting with the Flames, when he offered his opinion that Tkachuk should answer the bell during the matchup to atone for his indiscretions.

Milan Lucic and Zac Rinaldo have other plans.

"When the time comes, whatever score needs to be settled will be settled." said Lucic, one of the most feared players in the game today.

"I know for a fact everybody’s got everybody’s back in this locker room. Talk is just talk."

Lucic knows the code all too well. If a star player is the target of any excess aggression by the opposition, one of the game's dying breed of enforcers knows exactly what he has to do. In this case, he may have to dance with his former teammate on Jan 29th.

While Lucic doesn't necessarily take pleasure in the fact that he may have to tune up an old friend, he also understands that when push comes to shove, his teammates are priority number one.

"He’s an emotional guy who plays with a lot of emotion." Lucic said of Kassian. "He speaks what’s on his mind whether there’s a microphone in front of him or not.

"I had fun being his teammate for three years, but push come to shove Matt is my teammate and I’ll do whatever I have to to step up for him."

Another hard-nosed Flame echoes Lucic's sentiments and will throw down on Tkachuk's behalf if the need for a tussle should arise.

"We’ve got Chucky’s back," said Zac Rinaldo. "We’re a team. We’re a family. We love each other in here."

Flames captain Mark Giordano also gave his two cents on the matter, pointing out the fact that Jan 29th is still weeks away, and the team has a few games and a break between now and then.

"Whatever presents itself presents itself in that game, but that’s a long ways away. Let’s just worry about the (three) games before we play them again. I don’t think anyone in here is worried about Chucky and what he’s going to bring to the table night in and night out. We’ll have his back when we have to."

"There’s a lot of different opinions. We know what Chucky is. He’s a great teammate and a great player on our team. He’s a big part of our team and he creates so much for us and he helps us win a lot of games. Keep doing what he’s doing."



One thing is for certain. January 29th will not be a boring night for Flames fans and Oilers fans alike.

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