Just a day removed from having both their leading scorer and fellow top-six winger both return to the ice, the Bruins’ Phase 3 plans suffered a serious setback on Thursday, as both David Pastrnak and Ondrej Kase did not participate during Day 4 of Boston’s Return To Play camp at Warrior Ice Arena.
Pastrnak and Kase, who both made their camp debuts on Wednesday after sitting out Monday and Tuesday’s practices, did not take part in either of the workouts scheduled for Thursday, with Bruce Cassidy noting after practice that both players were ruled out due to the new wide-ranging injury/health designation put in place.
“As for the league, it's 'unfit to participate' right now,” Cassidy said of how the NHL is characterizing Pastrnak and Kase’s absence in official terms. “Hopefully that changes in the near future. Any time players miss you know a session where we expect them back up to full speed, until he's out there then it is a concern for us as a team — but we're just going to forge ahead.”
Clearly, this wasn’t something the Bruins were expecting to crop up, considering both players were cleared to practice Wednesday. Cassidy stated that the tentative plan was for both wingers to rejoin the main training-camp group during Thursday’s practice, while Pastrnak was scheduled to chat with reporters via Zoom this morning.
As for the vague terms of Pastrnak and Kase’s status — unfortunately we need to get used to them, as “unfit to play/practice/participate” will be the official designation for any player missing from practice/games from now through the end of this postseason.