VANCOUVER - Beards are playoff tradition but mullets? Vancouver Canuck winger Zack Kassian is opting for both.
Kassian has had a beard, on and off, for much of the season and is working on a new one for the post-season. The mullet is something else. The Canucks had a day off Sunday and Kassian found a stylist ready to accommodate his need for the throwback 'doo.
“Yeah, I went with the mullet this year,” nodded Kassian, 22. “Guys were talking about it. They thought it would be good but I think I'm the only one who pulled through.”
Derek Roy, who knew Kassian from their days in the Buffalo Sabres' organization, was impressed.
“I think it's awesome,” said Roy. “I think Zack is excited for the playoff and he's doing it to get the guys going and get himself going. So it's fun. You can do whatever you want with your hair and then come to the rink ready to play.”
Roy, who turns 30 Saturday, has never had a mullet and it doesn't sound like he ever will.
“I mean, I wasn't around in the '80s or '90s,” he noted.
FRANKLY SPEAKING: Based on Monday's practice, it appears young Frank Corrado will be in Wednesday's opening-night lineup against the San Jose Sharks. Corrado skated on the third pairing alongside Andrew Alberts, a spot usually occupied by the injured Chris Tanev (ankle). If Corrado is in, it means veteran Keith Ballard will be out.
Corrado, 20, played humble soldier when asked about a possible appearance against the Sharks. His NHL resume is three games long.
“I'm just coming to the rink and seeing what happens,” he said. “Obviously it would be nice to play. Otherwise I'm just going to be a good teammate and be supportive of whatever the decision is. Obviously there are going to be different pairings throughout the playoffs so you always have to be prepared.”
"I've liked what I've seen from Frank as far as his understanding of the game and his puck movement," explained Canuck head coach Alain Vigneault. "The fact he's a right-hander is definitely a bonus."
Tanev has been out with a right ankle injury since April 6. He was seen in a walking boot on Monday. Here's Vigneault's report on Tanev: “He's day-to-day with a boot on.” Thanks, coach.
GUITAR MAN: In a clip Saturday on Hockey Night In Canada, Corrado was shown displaying his considerable guitar skills. He has 12 of the instruments and the one he used in the clip was a 2006 Gibson SG.
“It's one of my favourites,” he said. “I also have an 82 Fender Stratocaster that I like, too.”
No wonder Corrado is so in tune with his game.
CARROT TOP: Former Washington Capitals head coach and former Canuck netminder Glen Hanlon was an interested observer at Monday's practice. He'll be working with the canucks.com website throughout the playoffs. Hanlon has completed a two-year stint as an assistant coach with the WHL's Vancouver Giants and said he “expects to be back” with the Giants next season.
QUOTABLE: “Any day-to-day injury is day-to-day and you make your decision on the day of the game.” – Alain Vigneault explains what's up with goalie Cory Schneider's mysterious 'body' injury.
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