I think that even though we are paying Kesler the 1.9 it would be a mistake to hurry him along.. We signed him more for what he can do for us in years to come , not what we expect him to do this year ... we need to stay focused on that
I'm on the other side. I think if we HAVE to pay him that money the least we can expect is for him to earn it. With that kind of money comes big expectatins and I don't think he should be sheltered from that. He is only signed for 1 year so I say throw him in the fire-if he responds and earns his contract great, but if he falters then we can use that against him in July when he expects to be qualified at 1.9mill. Too expensive to coddle him for the future when we aren't even certain that the Canucks are the team that will benefit from his development.