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Kesler back skating with Canucks, still no timetable for return

Feb 3, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

Good news for the Vancouver Canucks as former Selke Trophy winning center Ryan Kesler is back skating with the team.

Kesler underwent two operations in the offseason and has yet to play this season, but he’s feeling good about getting back on the ice as The Province shares.

“It’s been an extremely long, hard road for me,” said Kesler. “It felt good to be back out there.

“My goal was to get back out there with the guys. I still have a fair bit of way to go.”

While he says he’s got a long way to go, coach Alain Vigneault is a bit more optimistic about his progress.

This difference of opinion is just like when Kesler’s agent and the Canucks differed on how soon he’d be back after being operated on. Either way, Kesler is on his way back and that’s good news for the team.

  1. mp1113 - Feb 3, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Soon to be traded?

  2. leepetertk - Feb 3, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Canucks have missed Kesler on just about every situation.

    They miss his offense as the Sedin line is their only consistent offensive threat.

    The powerplay has been sputtering. Neither their first or second power play unit looks particularly effective. They miss his net front presence and his ability to recover loose pucks.

    Their penalty kill has been better than the start of the season, but they could use a right-handed faceoff win.

    And 5on5 defensively the Canucks have been unable contain another teams #1 centre. Jonathan Toews did everything against them except for score against the Canucks.

    I think most obviously to many Canuck number crunchers is their faceoff presence. Kesler takes so many important offensive and defensive zone draws that his absence has really put AV’s zone deployment system to test.

    Granted Kesler does not solve all these problems, but he does mitigate many of them.

  3. thehighcountrybear - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Kesler should be in fine form after milking the injury on duty cow dry…? One has to wonder how his mates will react, the ones who slung a picket sign while Kesler, ahem, rehabilitated? Still, two months working out with the Chinese national acrobatics team, a one month side trip to the Bolshoi seasoned with some one-on-one tutoring with the Flying Wallendas and he’s good to go…fly me to the moon!

    • kitshky - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:00 AM

      Whatever you’ve been smoking tonight …I’d suggest layin off it for a couple days at least.

    • 19to77 - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:19 AM

      B-blomfeld? Is that you?

  4. jpat2424 - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM


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