Maine Hockey Journal

Kassian released from PTO; Pirates sign Wathier

(PHOTO: Stephen Meserve)

(PHOTO: Stephen Meserve)

It’s only been four games, but the Pirates are already shaking up the roster.

The Pirates released forward Matt Kassian from his professional tryout on Monday and have signed forward Francis Wathier to a contract.

The Pirates have not confirmed either transaction, but Kassian’s release was listed on the AHL’s website.

Wathier’s signing was first reported on twitter by Stephen Meserve who covers the defending Calder Cup champions Texas Stars for 100 Degree Hockey.

Kassian appeared in two games for the Pirates where played on the fourth line between Eric Selleck and Jordan Martinook. He went scoreless in both games with a minus-1 rating and no penalty minutes.

At 6-foot-4, 240-pounds, Kassian has appeared in 231 AHL games with the Houston Aeros, now Iowa Wild, scoring 10 goals, 12 assists for 22 points with 505 penalty minutes.

It has been speculated for some time that Wathier would be on his way to Portland. At the start of the season, there was a report from Meserve that Wathier was deciding between the Pirates and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Wathier is perhaps a better scoring option for the Pirates while not losing any of the toughness that Kassian provided.

Wathier, 6-foot-3, 208-pounds, has played in 509 AHL games mostly with the Dallas Stars AHL affiliate in Cedar Park, TX, recording 91 goals, 105 assists for 196 points with 664 penalty minutes. He played last season with the Stars and Milwaukee Admirals, scoring nine goals, 11 assists for 20 points.

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