Like just about everyone else John Tortorella is intrigued by Zack Kassian.
He sees the combination of size strength and skill and thinks about the kind of player Kassian could become.
“You know I have heard so many good things about him” the new head coach of the Vancouver Canucks said Wednesday as his players went through off-ice fitness testing on the first day of training camp. “I haven’t seen him play that much. I didn’t see him play in Buffalo because he didn’t. In the tape I watched here I didn’t see him play much but I have talked to a lot of people about him.”
Tortorella also made a point of talking to Kassian this summer. He called him and let the 22-year-old winger know that big things are expected of him. He challenged him basically to become the player so many people think he can be.
“I want to give him a huge opportunity to be a huge part of this team and I told him that” Tortorella said. “I will tell you that I want to give him an opportunity because of what peopl...