When Raffi Torres left Vancouver for Phoenix, we wondered aloud if the Canucks had anybody on the payroll that could replace what he brought. Two years later, I think it’s safe to say that Zack Kassian is the closest we’ve come. But it’s not just that he’s a big, bruising forward with soft hands, or that he’s a little bit insane. It’s also that photogenic face.
I don’t mean photogenic in the usual sense. It’s not that Kassian’s looks good in photographs, or that his features are stand out in some special way. But a photo of Zack Kassian is likely to be hilarious, much more so than your usual hockey player, in much the same way a photo of Raffi Torres was almost a sure-fire laugher.
And as it turns out, Kassian’s amusing photogenicity is somewhat transferrable. His mere presence in a picture can turn those around him into hilarious comedy props. Case in point, this shot from Monday night of Kassian and Coyotes forward Rob Klinkhammer, which is amazing:
What the actual heck.
I can’t tell you what’s going on here. Is Kassian putting Klinkhammer out with a Vulcan nerve pinch? He does have that calm Vulcan expression, and the picture sure makes a lot more sense if you Spock him up a bit:
It’s possible that Kassian saw some Star Trek footage on the Jumbotron and decided to try it, just like that Bure move, but it looks like it worked, and I feel like I would have remembered if Klinkhammer spontaneously went to sleep.
This may also be some sort of stage routine they two of them are working on. They certainly fit in Swan Lake:
Either way, I find this photo incredibly odd.
s/t to Cam Davie.