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Pastrnak and Kase Miss More of Camp, Returns Uncertain

There is growing concern and some disappointment in Boston based on the status of both David Pastrnak and Ondrej Kase.

The news is not good coming out of Boston. Forwards David Pastrnak and Ondrej Kase continue to miss time with the team as both players were absent from practice Thursday after being deemed unfit to play. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy expected both players to be available in the near future, but there’s an underlying sense of concern and team president Cam Neely doesn’t sound as convinced.

Cassidy said the team will “forge ahead” and there’s no timetable for either’s return and Neely noted that he was disappointed with the way things have turned out — that disappointment potentially being in the decision-making of both players and not just the unfortunate news they’re out of camp.

David Pastrnak and Ondrej Kase out in public on Monday night

As per Matt Porter of the Boston Globe, Neely says it’s “unfortunate and disappointing” how it’s played out with Kase so far. Wasn’t here long, didn’t settle into a spot … then the pause … now this. He added, “Best guess” is that Pastrnak and Kase return to the team in Toronto, but “hard to say.”

That Neely seems upset with both players is not good news for the Bruins. While the team is technically not allowed to discuss the fate or status of either player, other than to say they’ve been deemed “unfit to play” or “unfit to participate”, reading between the lines is something the media and fans are quickly doing when it comes to the Presidents’ Trophy winners and two of their better players.

Pastrnak’s Contributions Can’t Be Ignored

Pastrnak tied for the league lead in goals (48) in 2019-20, so if Boston were missing him, it would be a massive loss for the team. It could be likely he won’t practice with the team again until they all land in Toronto. If that’s all it is, it could be worse, but skating time is skating time.

Kase came to Boston in a deal from the Anaheim Ducks around the 2020 trade deadline. He registered one assist in six games with the team, so to say his time with the organization has been disappointing is an understatement.

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