The Canucks center who missed the first few weeks of the season after offseason surgery came back last week, a most welcome return. But after blocking some shots like any good hockey player is wont to do, things weren't quite right and the Canucks had a scan done on Kesler's right leg.
It wasn't good news.
"Ryan had a CT scan and it revealed a fracture in his [right] foot," coach Alain Vigneault said. "I assume Kesler will be out for a little while."
The suggestion is that he actually sustained the fracture against the Stars, who were three opponents ago. In other words, Kesler played three games on a broken foot. This is your daily reminder: hockey players are really tough.
Kesler only played in seven games since coming back from the offseason surgery and he scored one goal to go with four assists. After such a long delay, he was going through a bit of an adjustment/catching-up period as you'd expect.
Now the Canucks find themselves in the same spot they were a few weeks ago before Kesler returned, a bit thin down the middle. When healthy, Kesler is one of the best centers you'll find in the game, he plays at both ends of the ice and in recent seasons he really turned up the offensive production. It was just in 2010-11 that he had 41 goals for the Canucks.
The funny part is before two seasons ago, Kesler was an incredibly durable player. He played in at least 80 games for four straight seasons including three consecutive years of playing all 82. Now he's dealt with two issues this season and was playing last season with a back issue.
The Canucks are expected to call up Andrew Ebbett to take Kesler's spot on the ice.