Trainers are hugely responsible for this. As a trainer they should know when players are ready to go on the ice 100%.
Everybody knew by watching Kesler that he didn't have it. Yet instead of shutting him down and thinking about his and the teams future, the regular season was more important.
We have the stupidest coaching staff and trainers in the league.
This could be a great point. I wonder, if Kes says "I'm ready to go, let me in" and trainers/doctors say "well... maybe", then ultimately, it's on Kesler to deal with the pain when slotted into the lineup right?. The problem is that last year, and the year before, he couldn't play through it to the best of his ability.
I'm confident he can find his form again, he is relatively young afterall, he just needs to heal completely. Thank Christ there won't be a season and he will have that time to do so.
It has always pissed me off that 2 years ago he was back before Christmas when it was so apparent that he was not ready.