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Tough break: Kesler has fractured foot

Feb 27, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

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This morning in Vancouver, Canucks center Ryan Kesler was seen walking around with an air cast on his right foot.

According to TEAM 1040’s Matt Sekeres, there’s a good reason for that: Kesler broke his foot Feb. 21 against the Dallas Stars.

Kesler’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, confirmed his client has a broken foot to The Province’s Ben Kuzma.

The Canucks have played three games since Feb. 21, and Kesler has appeared in all of them. Last night, the 28-year-old played 19:07 in a 4-2 home loss to Phoenix.

Kesler has only played seven times in 2013; he missed the start of the shortened season while still recovering from offseason surgeries on his wrist and shoulder.

The Canucks have yet to comment on his status.

Update (4:07 p.m. ET):

Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed this afternoon that Kesler has a fractured foot, which showed up on a CT scan this morning.

“I would assume he’s going to be out for a little while,” said Vigneault, per the Vancouver Sun.

Andrew Ebbett is likely to be called up from AHL Chicago to fill in for Kesler, who could be out 4-6 weeks.

  1. thehighcountrybear - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    He didn’t quite stick the landing when he mixed it with Jonathan Toews last week…? Insiders are indicating Canucks are bringing in Greg Louganis to help Kesler and the Sedins improve upon overall technique, missing during recent uninspired programs. Louganis, a dog trainer of some renown, is doubly suited to the task at hand it would seem…

    • davebabychreturns - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Is this practice for some creating writing class you’re taking?

  2. canucks30 - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Definition of injury prone. Canucks should inquire about the availability of Stephen Weiss from Florida

    • buddysguys - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      he has been downhill since the Olympics….

      • davebabychreturns - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        He was an absolute beast in the 2011 playoffs, turned in some of the best individual performances in a game of anyone that postseason (Barry Trotz of all people said it was like watching Mark Messier out there).

        Too bad that was what started the string of injuries. Kesler is going to have to rethink his game if he’s going to play full seasons from here on out, because it’s becoming pretty clear that his body just cant take the grind – although thankfully this injury doesn’t appear to be related to the previous run of them (if it’s just from taking a shot off the foot or what have you).

      • rdurk86 - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM

        Yeah he had a great Stanley Cup Final…..

      • davebabychreturns - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        The injuries had started by then. Kesler suffered a pretty bad hip injury in the last game of the Sharks series which limited his mobility quite badly.

        He was nowhere near 100% during the finals and underwent surgery in the offseason to correct the issue.. then rushed back to get into a bunch of meaningless October games and was injured again not long after the new year.

      • scottybcboy - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        @ Babych
        “just can’t take the grind” lol! he has played 6 or 7 or maybe even 8 games….quite the grind! Seems more of a Sami ‘don’t call me brittle’ Salo type of situation.

    • odak51 - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Breaking News:

      Ryan Kesler and Rick DiPietro have the same off season trainer.

  3. nicwel - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Gotta feel for this guy. Great talent.

    • odak51 - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      I would if he didn’t complain so much.

    • mb65dod - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      Yes, great acting talent…

  4. thehighcountrybear - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    And Trotz would know, having watched the playoffs on television throughout the better part of his hockey life. As for the vastly over-rated term ‘beast’, compare Kesler’s actual goal production in the playoffs with the real beasts of the game…you know, the ones with all the jangly rings and shiny hardware? Nola contendere…

    • davebabychreturns - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Since you don’t even know how to use the reply feature, I’ll assume you also don’t know how to absorb the meaning of a sentence the first time you read it.

      What I said was that Kesler “turned in some of the best individual performances in a game of anyone that postseason.”

      Not that he was the best player in those playoffs or that he was the best goal scorer or anything – simply that he won some games singlehandedly, for example putting up 5 goals and 10 points over the final four games of the Predators series while playing against their best players.

  5. leepetertk - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    The same centre depth questions asked at the start of the season are valid again. Schroeder has been inconsistent. Ebbett was not an offensive solution. Lapierre can’t be relied on to consistently produce offense.

    I doubt Vancouver will trade for a center unless the price is rock bottom low. Even without Kesler, they have done well against their own division and thus a playoff seed is very likely. I don’t think the Canucks have (or willing to give up) assets that other teams need/want. In the meantime, I think the Canucks will use Jordan Schroeder there again and hope their goalies stop enough pucks to win games with limited offense.

  6. thehighcountrybear - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    There is no reply or vote feature apparent in the otherwise excellent NBC Sports TALK app…used on my otherwise excellent iPad. It’s all a wind-up dude, no need to get your knickers in a twist…leave that for Canucks’ and their post game shower…?

    • kitshky - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      aahh you’re on your iPad… so that explains why there’s a reasonable amount of thumbs up and thumbs down on your posts today.

      Somehow I don’t see that lasting.

  7. odak51 - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Damn slip n’ dive did it again….defective product

  8. thehighcountrybear - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    There’s much you don’t see klitshy, with your head buried as it is…

    • kaptaanamerica - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      Always trolling aren’t you, well congrats you win a lollipop and a sticker for your efforts…

  9. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Too bad, Kesler can’t seem to catch a break (no pun intended). I’ve always been a fan of the physical, two-way types. And I always wondered what could’ve been if Vancouver hadn’t matched the Flyers offer sheet a few years back. He would’ve looked good in orange in black.

  10. blomfeld - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:01 AM


    Don’t ask me why or how, but ever since Luongo started his “psycho” multiple-personality crap by morphing into this new Mister Congeniality persona, absolutely everything has been going sideways for the Canucks. Schneider losing his focus, Aqulini’s “ex” going after the wine collection in the divorce trial and now Kesler mysteriously breaking his foot ? I’ve never believed in witchcraft or any hocus-pocus garbage, however I do think that certain people are capable of emitting “negative” energy. And on that score, I believe that Luongo is now casting a cloud of “negativity” over the entire Canucks organization, to such an extent that it might even rival the initial German gas attack at the Battle of Ypres in 1915. I’ve earlier advocated that the Canucks bar Luongo from either entering the team’s dressing room or stepping on the property proper at Rogers Arena. However I’d now take this further by sequestering him from having any contact period with either team players or officials … and I would facilitate his “requested” move back to Florida post-haste, even if it means taking only 10 cents on the dollar.

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