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Sabres not talking contract with Kassian
June 17, 2010, 7:24 pm
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From John Vogl, Buffalo News:

Zack Kassian’s run-in with the law has — at least temporarily — derailed his chances of getting a contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

General Manager Darcy Regier said Tuesday he has stopped negotiations with the 2009 first- round draft pick, who was charged with assault last week following an early morning bar fight in Windsor, Ont.

“We were in negotiations,” Regier said in HSBC Arena. “We felt it was appropriate to stop negotiations at that time.”

Regier has talked about the incident with Kassian and hockey legend Bobby Orr, whose agency is representing the 13th overall selection. Police arrested the 19-year-old May 30 after observing a man with a bloody mouth and chipped tooth at 1:50 a.m.

“It’s obviously not something we condone,” Regier said. “It’s unfortunate. I happen to believe Zack’s a good kid. He just put himself in a position that going forward you can’t put yourself in those types of positions. It’s a learning process.

“It obviously, by his own admission, wasn’t a smart thing for him to do. It caught a wave. They won the Memorial Cup. He was out with some of his [Windsor] teammates, and he’s the big guy there, getting challenged and egged on, and those are things you have to learn to walk away from. You’re not on the ice. You can’t take that position.

“We’re going to continue to work with him. I told him that on one hand there’s no way we’re going to abandon him, we’re going to help him, but he’s got some work to do on the other hand.”

Regier said the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Kassian was remorseful about getting caught in a negative story for the third time. He was suspended by the Peterborough Petes for one game in December after missing curfew when his girlfriend came to visit. In January, shortly after being traded to Windsor, he earned a 20-game suspension for hitting an opponent in a vulnerable position.

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