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He’s back (for now): Kesler to play vs. Wild tonight

Feb 28, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT

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Ryan Kesler will return to the Vancouver lineup on Friday night when the Canucks host the Wild at Rogers Arena.

Kesler, the focus of great trade speculation over the last few days, missed Vancouver’s first game following the Olympic break with a hand injury suffered while playing for the U.S. in Sochi. The severity of said injury was originally unclear — reports claimed Kesler had been telling people it was broken — but the fact Kesler is now back after such a short time off only adds intrigue to the situation.

According to The Province’s Jason Botchford, Kesler was overheard saying “I hope my hand isn’t broken because that would impact my trade,” in Sochi. Read into that what you will (or take it for whatever you feel it’s worth), but it’s certainly interesting to see Kesler playing, not sitting, with just six days remaining until the NHL trade deadline.


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  1. kaptaanamerica - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    All the talking heads have to make up something to suck in viewers to their all day programming on whatever network they work for. With the billion dollar deals signed for t.v. rights someone better be watching so no surprise people are talking hypothetical trades.whoever said they overheard someone else say something is just speculating. If I was Kesler I’d be making stuff up and saying it within earshot of reporters just to see if they report it.Lols. especially that idiot Dreger, guy is always reporting stuff already in the media.

  2. 19to77 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    “A player was overheard in Russia saying exactly what we need to make a story for the week.”

    How convenient for the Province.

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