“It’s not happening,” Overhardt said Thursday. “He’s not ahead of schedule and there’s no rushing him back. He’s on course to return in December and he’s not returning until he’s 100 per cent. Don’t expect him until December.”
That’s not the only issue with Kesler. He also had minor surgery on his left wrist June 27. Two days later on his Twitter account, a group picture showed Kesler in a sling and his wrist in a cast with a caption that read: ‘Great times in Michigan.’
“He had been experiencing some mild discomfort and had some tendon issues that needed to be cleaned up,” confirmed Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman.
It explains a lot. Occasional hip-flexor stiffness from a previous procedure, a wonky shoulder and a bothersome wrist greatly affected Kesler’s shot and battle level last season in dropping from a career-high 41 goals to 22 and no goals in five playoff games. After amassing 17 points in a 15-game span in December, scoring in five-consecutive games from Jan. 31 to Feb. 9, he then went eight without a goal. He suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder on Feb. 9 but played through it.
The Kesler recovery adds fuel to the fire that the Canucks may consider unrestricted free agent centre Jason Arnott as a third-line centre, who could also fill in on the second line. While the Canucks are high on Jordan Schroeder and could use Maxim Lapierre in that capacity, they also need a veteran presence and size to push for a return to postseason prominence.
FAN wrote:I think it's time for Gillis to reevaluate the Canucks' medical staff or whomever is advising him on players' injuries and recovery times.
... sounds like kuzma is just lazy and speculating.It may have given the impression
Madcombinepilot wrote:FAN wrote:I think it's time for Gillis to reevaluate the Canucks' medical staff or whomever is advising him on players' injuries and recovery times.
the article said:... sounds like kuzma is just lazy and speculating.It may have given the impression
Aaronp18 wrote:Why don't you enlighten everyone.
I guess I missed it as well.
Fred wrote: Every team thinks that of their staff ( except maybe the Flyers ) but facts do point in the direction who ever is at the top of the chain is not providing great cold cut facts down the line, maybe rose coloured glass version ( a lot of that going a round )
Hockey Widow wrote:Or MG doesn't want other gm's to know the real situation on Kesler which may affect trade offers.