Zack Kassian reinstated by NHL/NHLPA substance abuse program

Elliotte Friedman goes through the latest news in the NHL, including Canadiens forward Zack Kassian being sent to the NHL's substance abuse program, suspended without pay.

Montreal Canadiens forward Zack Kassian has been reinstated to play by the NHL and NHLPA, and will now enter the follow-up stage of their substance abuse program.

Kassian was suspended without pay after being involved in a car crash. He was not the driver.

He was acquired by the Canadiens, along with a fifth-round pick, from the Vancouver Canucks in the off-season in exchange for forward Brandon Prust.

The 24-year-old has yet to play a regular season game for Montreal.


Montreal has put Kassian on waivers.

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