Ondrej Kase has finally joined his team in Toronto. Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Ondrej Kase joins Bruins in Toronto after extended absence

The Boston Bruins have been without Ondrej Kase for some time now, but the forward finally has joined the team in Toronto. 

Boston tweeted a photo of Kase working out with the team, indicating he's returned from an absence that stemmed from him being deemed "unfit to practice" since training resumed in late July. 

The Bruins acquired Kase in a February trade with the Anaheim Ducks that sent David Backes, defensive prospect Axel Andersson and a 2020 first-round pick out West. 

Before the NHL season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kase had one assist through six games in Boston. In 55 total games this season, he's scored seven goals and added 17 assists for 24 points. 

While it's a good sign Boston is getting him back, Kase has been extremely injury-prone throughout his four-year NHL career. The 24-year-old has endured multiple absences of double-digit games due to concussions, and he missed time this season due to a bruised jaw and another head injury. 

However, he's a far better option on David Krejci's right wing than young prospect Jack Studnicka, who filled the role for Boston's exhibition match against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. 

The Bruins will open up seeding games on Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers, but there's been no word on whether or not Kase will slot into the lineup. 

According to BetOnline.ag, the Bruins have the best odds to win the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference at +140. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90

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