Ryan Kesler

#17 C / Anaheim Ducks / EXP: 13YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 202 lb Age: 33 College: Ohio State

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  • Kesler (hip) still has a return date around Christmas, although GM Bob Murray is hoping it can be sooner. Murray may want Kesler back before Christmas, but the fact that Kesler is having to "learn his stride all over again" isn't encouraging. It was just announced that Ryan Getzlaf is going to be out up to two months after having surgery on his cheekbone, too, which means the Ducks are going to be without their top two centers for over a month.

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  • Ducks' Ryan Kesler: No timetable for return
    By RotoWire Staff

    Kesler (hip) could be sidelined until Christmas as his recovery seems to be taking longer than planned, Helene Elliott of the LA Times reports. Without Kesler, the Ducks' depth down the middle of the lineup will be strained as Antoine Vermette figures to slot into a second-line role. The 33-year-old Kesler is coming off back-to-back 50-plus point campaigns, but it seems impossible that he'll make it three straight at that level given the length of his expected absence.

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  • Kesler (hip) told NHL.com Wednesday that his recovery from surgery could take 4-to-5 months. It was originally estimated that he'd only be out 12 weeks. The veteran center underwent surgery earlier this month for an issue with bone fragments in his hip that hindered him for the entirety of the season. "Toward the end of the year, I couldn't get through a game without getting pain shots," Kesler said. "Everybody plays banged up. I couldn't continue going on like that." He will reportedly only be able to resume skating in 12 weeks, which is right around the start of training camp in September, while Kesler's updated return timetable has him slated for game action in October or November.

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  • Kesler underwent hip surgery last week to clear bone fragments, Helene Elliott of the LA Times reports, adding that the veteran pivot will require 12 weeks before resuming "full activity." The 2011 Selke Trophy winner played in 99 games -- including each playoff contest -- this past season. He averaged a whopping 22:26 of ice time in the conference finals versus the Predators, but struggled mightily with a lone assist and a minus-6 rating standing as his series output. Kesler should be ready to ramp up his activity in September.

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  • Kesler scored his first goal of the postseason in Sunday's Game 3 victory over the Oilers. Kesler has come to play in the second round, recording points in three straight games to open the series. His goal Sunday came after he went to the front of the net and pounced on a rebound in front. He hasn't been shooting much this postseason, but Kesler is rolling right now and should get a boost from this first goal. The Ducks will need Kesler at his best if they hope to come back and win this series.

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