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Ryan Kesler is “pretty far behind” in his recovery

Oct 1, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

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There was a time when Ryan Kesler was predicted to return from shoulder surgery in December. Now it looks like he won’t be able to play in 2012, based on a Vancouver Province report.

“That was before the (June 27) wrist surgery,” Kesler explained. “I’m going to be re-evaluated at the Cleveland Clinic in early December, but the wrist really hampered the shoulder (May 8 surgery). I couldn’t do much for eight weeks.”

Kesler still can’t shoot a puck or work on his stickhandling. He’s envision “tedious” months ahead when it comes to strengthening his shoulder.

“I’m pretty far behind,” Kesler summed up.

“I saw the doctor a week ago in Cleveland and my strength is so far behind with my wrist,” Kesler said. “If I had my shoulder surgery on the right side, it might have helped a bit. It’s going to take time, but time heals everything.”

Kesler will continue to get paid because his hockey injuries predate the lockout. He will also be rehabbing at Rogers Arena and get to work with Canucks strength and conditioning coach Glenn Carnegie.

  1. bensawesomeness - Oct 1, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Never liked Kesler, not a huge fan of Vancouver

    But injuries suck, and i sincerely wish him a speedy recovery

    • blomfeld - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      “and from the French judge … 9.6 !” :)

      With all kidding aside, Kesler is an integral part of the Canucks and so I also hope that he gets back to form sooner than later. He plays the game with a certain “panache” which is very refreshing and very welcome, given this new age of the predictable “robot speak” player.

      *** actual footage from Kesler’s rehab program this summer here in Vancouver ***

  2. xjokerz - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    Kessler is a boss, however not like it matters that he’s injured … Can’t see games being played too quickly

  3. g68rh - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    I don’t think doing any rehab work is a wise move in Cleve…I mean Staph-infectionville.

  4. ruddigervancity - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    “Kesler will continue to get paid because his hockey injuries predate the lockout.”

    I suspect his recovery will be complete right around the time the lockout ends…

  5. lopo - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    It’ll give him more time to work on new diving strategies since he’ll be closely watched post lockout.

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