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Video: Ryan Kesler injured on knee-on-knee collision, on his way back to Vancouver

Mar 12, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT

The Vancouver Canucks have already been decimated by injuries this season, and they’ll have to contend with another one down the stretch drive.

According to Dan Murphy of Sportsnet, Canucks’ center Ryan Kesler is heading back to Vancouver to undergo testing on his right leg, after a knee-on-knee collision with Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jim Slater in the second period of Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout win for the Canucks. Slater was given a minor penalty for tripping.

The Canucks are currently on a four-game road trip. Just last week, it appeared as if Kesler, after a report came out that he requested a trade, which he denied, was on his way out of Vancouver by way of a blockbuster deal at the March 5 deadline.

That, however, didn’t happen and he’ll remain with the Canucks for the remainder of this season.

Right now, Daniel Sedin, the team’s top-line winger, is also on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury during the Heritage Classic earlier this month.

  1. c9castine - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    They better hope he doesn’t need ACL surgery or his trade price will drop. At this point that would be like a half a season lost already

    • ikillchicken - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      *Slow clap for Mike Gillis*

      You know, I’m gonna make a controversial statement here. Are you ready? Here we go: Not trading Kesler at the deadline? Almost as good a decision as growing that badass neckbeard MG has been rockin lately. Yeah. That’s right. I said it.

      • c9castine - Mar 13, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        Not sure what the controversy is there. Can never go wrong not trading a guy like Keslar unless he has an expiring contract.

        I just get the feeling its was the long term play. To push for a playoff this year for more revenue and such, but deal in the off season and try to retool the team. Thats all.

        By the way, I hope that clap is a slow finger clap. Wouldnt want to get carried away clapping for that guy…

  2. sunderlanding - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    …and another blow to his trade value. Hopefully the Canucks can at least get what was offered at the trade deadline for him.

  3. jpat2424 - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Go figure

  4. kingsfan93 - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    It sucks for R. Kesler an all.

    I can understand the frustration of the players, especialy in the heat of the moment, when after something like this happens. But when looking at the video, both players were in the moment of when this collision happened.

    Kinda like the incident with D. Brown and M. Roszival.

    But at-least R. Kesler didn’t dive on this play here, like he is known for.

    • thailer35 - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Watch the video above again. It was an unfortunate play with two plays going for the puck, and it looked like Kesler over skated the puck and they realized what was about to happen a little too late to do much of anything about it.

      Now watch this video again. Especially at about the 35 second mark.

      Not even a little bit comparable. What happened to Kesler was an unfortunate accident. Brown threw a cheap shot. I still have no idea how this wasn’t a suspendable offense. Clearly stuck out his knee, not to mention the hit came after the whistle had blown.

      Take your homer glasses off

  5. micasa81 - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Well, at least Burrows is back.

  6. Wineshard - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Classy move by the Jets faithful to boo as an injured player makes his way to the dressing room.

  7. thesportsjudge - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    “That’s a shame.”

  8. illashell - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Jim Slater isn’t a defenseman?

  9. jetsfan1973 - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Not a fan of our fans booing Kesler but I think it’s a response to watching Burrows whine all night. That being said I think the judges gave Burrows an 8.0 for diving….

  10. pavelfitzgerald - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Jim Slater has never been a defencemen.

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