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Vancouver’s Kesler undergoes shoulder surgery, out six months

May 8, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

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For the second straight year, Ryan Kesler has undergone major offseason surgery.

That’s the news out of Vancouver today as the Canucks announced the former Selke Trophy winner had successful shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum his shoulder.

“After consultation with our team physicians following the playoffs, it was deemed that Ryan would require a procedure on his shoulder,” said Canucks GM Mike Gillis. “We expect a full recovery and determined this procedure would best serve both Ryan and the team’s long term goals.”

Kesler’s recovery is expected to last six months, and it won’t be his first lengthy rehab from injury.

In Aug. 2011, Kesler had surgery to repair a labrum issue in his hip, a procedure that sidelined him for all of training camp and the first five games of the regular season. It was widely speculated that Kesler rushed back to action — the original diagnosis for recovery was for up to 12 weeks; he was back playing in 10.

The 27-year-old has been known to try and push through injury. After a season-ending playoff loss to Los Angeles, Kesler admitted he’d played for the final two months with a bad shoulder, perhaps explaining why he failed to score in Vancouver’s 17 final regular season games and all five postseason contests.

  1. thatsdoinit - May 8, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Ten goals in 53 career playoff games. Only 5 of them even strength.

    Over rated.

    • elvispocomo - May 8, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      Well, he had 7 goals in last year’s playoffs before getting injured so I’d say that’s worth something. He might have underperformed in the past, but dominating against Nashville last year wasn’t a fluke.

      • thatsdoinit - May 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        One good series.

      • elvispocomo - May 9, 2012 at 4:40 PM

        And that’s one of the few series he hadn’t been fighting an injury. One does not simply dominate Nashville almost singlehandedly without having some merit as a player.

        Should everyone expect him to get 40 goals a year since he did it the year before? No, but injuries kept him down from where his offensive stats should have been this year. It didn’t hurt his defence much though, he was still quite good there and you’d be hard pressed to say he’s overrated in that regard.

  2. villi5ed - May 8, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Any chance this injury was precipitated or exacerbated by his frequent “Hey ref! I just got shot!” acrobatics?

    Just sayin’……

  3. sharksfan754 - May 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    What are the odds he hurt it trying to get a call instead of legitimate contact?

    • salmon90 - May 8, 2012 at 4:26 PM


  4. nobandwagoners - May 8, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Ah, jealousy of all the haters out there. I would have thought they might have transferred their trolling behaviour to, hmm, let’s see who remains of any note, Philly? Some characters on that team. NYR? The Coyotes are too hard to hate because now that Torres is banished, there’s just a bunch of pluggers plugging away (they must make sacrifices before every game hoping that Smith stays healthy). How about LA? Richards, Carter (hello?), Doughty. Lots to chose from. Time for trolls to move on.

    • kitshky - May 8, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      They’ll never move on… its pathological.

    • bruins33 - May 8, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      Just a heads up, people hate the Canucks and it’s not because they have seen success the past couple years but because they are an embarrassment to the sport of hockey.

    • villi5ed - May 8, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      Jealousy? Of what, a team that can be counted on to underperform when the stakes are highest?

      The sad fact is that a very good player has by his own actions diminished his reputation in the league. That is
      not ‘hating’. That is stating a reality.

  5. thehighcountrybear - May 8, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    That’s what comes of propping up granite monoliths in the nude [ historic all the same; the first issue of SI that included fold-out barf bags in the cover of an issue ]? Truth is, he aggravated an old shoulder injury from his collitch yeers [ spelling adapted for benefit of Canucks fans ] as suffered while pulling himself along the boards with one arm. Still, Kesler has the unique distinction of having his on-ice artistry honored in ice dance, ballet and of course, tower diving Olympic events with program elements named after Cryin Ryan. Being basically invisible in the Olympic ice hockey competition, beyond beaking-off about team Canada, there will no other honors? The Zamboni crews on the other hand, do appreciate the large areas of ice surface left glistening and clean by the predictable and patented Kesler swoop…

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