the problem there is that the guys staubitz fights will probably be at least marginally better than him at hockey (we technically win in the trade for minutes). the only guys who will fight Kassian are probably completely and utterly useless on the ice, and there are far fewer of them. Its the whole reason Fletcher wanted to go to a middleweight kind of guy in the first place--no one would fight Boogaard. I'd like Kass up here too but I don't know if Fletcher is keen on the idea--if he doesn't like Staubitz anymore then I see us trying to sign Konopka again or spin the wheel and hope we find someone like Englund or McQuaid to insert on a nightly basis.
Kass is like a nuclear weapon. We don't really need to use him, because other teams will show us a lot more respect if they know he's there and that we could use him if we needed to.
Plus he can still throw his weight around with the other team's weaker skill guys.
He hasn't even had full contact in practice yet, has he? They've actually looked decent the last few games.....so Koivu shouldn't come back until he's totally ready. Sick and tired of guys playing too soon only to re-injure themselves and be stuck in the pressbox even longer.