Derick Brassard was not cleared to play today. This may be for the best. Although I like the kid a lot, and although the Jackets could no doubt use his offense, when a player’s been out as long as he has, and on top of that, this would be his first taste of the NHL playoffs…that would be a lot to put on those surgically-repaired shoulders. I suppose there is a chance yet that if the Jackets advance in the playoffs, he will get cleared before it’s all over. But if it’s a matter of waiting ’til next season in order to come back fully healed, so be it.