I know its thinking about a billion steps ahead, but say we win the cup and Kassian doesn't play, can't he still be put on the cup?
It is possible by petition.
A player must have at least 41 games played with the club or one game played in the Stanley Cup Finals. However, in 1994 a stipulation was added to allow a team to petition the Commissioner for permission to have players' names put on the Cup if extenuating circumstances prevented them from being available to play.
Kassian may just need some time off to heal up. Could regenerate him as well. We have the depth to fill his spot, so I'm not even one bit worried about who we call up, or put in anymore. Pretty excited to see Bitz again.
We need the edge and the physicality he can bring. But we'll see how long his body holds up. You wonder about the mindset of a guy whose career was in jeopardy going into the playoffs with so much pressure on him to play the body. It can't be easy.