It's funny how much you criticize other people for speculation and then do the same thing yourself.
I occasionally criticize people for phrasing speculation as fact. I phrased speculation as speculation. It's funny how you can't read properly.
-How do you know he's out of game shape? In particular, his broken hand and pectoral injury should have little impact on his ability to get in cardio work.
He hasn't played a full hockey game in months. He hasn't played more than two consecutive games in a year. Believe it or not, jumping from that right into the speed and intensity of playoff hockey does not bode well for one's performance.
Though I wasn't referring to this sort of thing when I spoke of game shape, good luck keeping on board with shooting, passing, and upper body strength when you're recovering from an upper-body injury. If cardiovascular endurance were the most important part of hockey, then Apollo Ohno would be winning the Hart Trophy every year.
Your claim that he's being kept out as a precaution is complete speculation. Is there any factual basis for claiming that this is likely? I've seen you claim this several times, not just in this post.
The presence of the word "possible" in one's verbiage is a slam-dunk indicator that that person is speculating, so don't give yourself any medals for identifying my speculation as speculation. Is there any factual evidence? No. If there were, I would have listed it, though in that event it would surely have been posted already. That said, note the word "perhaps." This, as with "possible," is a solid indicator that speculation is at play. If I were to say outright that it was likely, then I agree that strong evidence would be in order.
Why do I think he's deliberately being kept out? First, his season has been a tragicomedy of injuries, and he has contributed absolutely nothing as a result. Second, the organization has a boatload of promising rookies, several of whom have proven themselves quite well in this season; this makes him both expendable and difficult to fit into the roster. Third, the cap is going down, and---even were he willing to waive his NTC---it seems very unlikely that any team would be interested in acquiring him, even were it for peanuts.
Does this post constitute an answer satisfactory to you?