I think people who are angry at Kesler for "using injuries as excuses" are sort of missing a key point or two big time.
1. The guy has never him self used these as excuses. If anything the opposite.
2. We should be more worried about his body not being able to withstand much more of how he plays.
He is not getting any younger, and he is getting injuries to places that take away mobility and power.
However, it’s in the abdominal region and that’s why he became known as Mr. Maintenance before the postseason.
“We’re still trying to determine what it is,” Kurt Overhardt, the Denver-based agent for Bieksa said of what medical procedure will be followed in the offseason to repair damage in the midsection. “Everybody knows he doesn’t like to take time off.”
there wasn’t the usual torque in the torso or heavy follow-through.
Well that would explain what happened to his shot...
My guess on Kesler is that it happened sometime in March - or was exasperated in March. They put him on the point unloading his big slap shot against the Jets and then immediately stopped it, and I don't think we saw anything but weak wristers for the remaining games.
If he's always banged up we're not going to win the cup. Basically we're going into the playoffs without a #2C 50% of the time.
Agreed, it is a concern. Gillis mentioned today on 1040 that they'll try to teach him to protect himself more (not sure how effective this will be unless you want to change his style of play) and also to surround him with bigger, more physical teammates to help reduce the physical wear and tear on Kes.
Makes no sense at all. This is the kind of thing that leaves you wondering "What if?" in the offseason. Someone needs to keep the bigger picture in mind here with regard to health. There was no need to come back so early.