Sounds unlikely that Kesler will not be available on opening night. He indicated that this hip tear was much bigger than his last so more rehab time.
The only guarantee Selke Trophy winner Ryan Kesler can offer is that he won't be able to join his teammates on the ice in Vancouver when training camp begins next week. The Canucks center had surgery to repair a tear in his hip in late July and he's nowhere near being ready to play yet.
"Not a chance," Kesler told NHL.com Friday during the Player Media Tour.
So if he's not ready for training camp, can it be assumed he won't be ready for the start of the season either?
"Uh, maybe, but who knows," Kesler said, hesitating in order to make sure he got his point across. "I'm telling the truth when I tell you I don't know. To be honest, right now if you ask me if I'll be ready for the start of the season, the way I feel right now I'd say no.
"But things change just like that," he added with a snap of his fingers.
It's probably going to be a lame first couple months unless someone like Hodgson really over-performs. Hopefully Vigneault decides to actually put together some line combinations before the final pre-season game and bucks his career trend of coaching his teams to poor first months of the season.
Poolies take note: sounds like mid to late November at the earliest for Mason Raymond to return. Could also be mid-November for Kesler.
ouch. The Raymond news comes as no surprise, and it is what it is. I think the team is deep enough to be okay without him into December if that's what it takes.
But the Kesler news is a bit surprising on the heels of Kesler saying he was aiming to make it back for the start of the season. I'm glad it sounds like he's going to take his time and get fully recovered though.
Big opportunity for a guy like Hodgson to really make a case for himself. Hopefully he's up to the task. And hopefully Manny is back up to speed, because he and Lappy are going to have a lot of shorthanded minutes and tough even strength matchups to take up the slack on down the middle.
I am not worried about missing Kesler until mid-November. It should keep him fresh for down the stretch. 82 games of playing 21+ minutes is too much for him.
Plus the balls to the wall style of his. You never want to see one of your best players go down, and hopefully this does not lead to a chronic problem, but I'm also not particlarly worried about Kesler missing the start of the season.