Kesler underwent surgery to repair his injured hip and is slated to miss the entire 2019-20 campaign.
Kesler missed the final 14 games of the 2018-19 campaign due to his hip issue, but now will be forced to miss all of next season. The team was quick to point out that there is still a chance the 34-year-old could play again, but it will certainly be an uphill battle. There's no doubt the center will be placed on long-term injured reserve to start the season in order to provide the team some relief from his $6.875 million cap hit. Several youngsters; including Troy Terry, Sam Steel and Isac Lundestrom, figure to compete for a spot on the 23-man roster with Kesler unavailable.
Kesler (hip) is facing the prospect of missing the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports. Interim head coach Bob Murray told reporters, "I don't know if we're going to see him again this year."
Kesler currently isn't skating due to his lingering hip issue and, with just 10 games remaining, is running out of time to return. Add in the fact that the Ducks are all but eliminated from playoff contention and there is little reason to rush the veteran back into the lineup. Instead, the team seems poised to shut the veteran down for the year and let him focus on preparing for the 2019-20 campaign.
Kesler (hip) didn't make the trip to Colorado for Friday's game against the Avalanche, NHL.com's Rick Sadowski reports.
The Ducks have yet to release any details regarding a potential timeline for Kesler's return to action, but he's only totaled eight points while posting an ugly minus-19 rating in 60 games this campaign, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his status anyway. Another update on the veteran pivot should surface once he's cleared to return to practice.
Kesler (hip) is not in the lineup for Thursday's road game in Arizona, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Kesler will miss his fourth straight game and all signs point to the veteran not playing again this season, though the team has not yet made such an announcement. His next chance to play is right around the corner, Friday in Colorado.
Kesler (hip) will sit out of Tuesday's game versus the Predators, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
This will mark the third straight game Kesler misses. His offensive production has been minimal this season, so he won't be missed in the fantasy realm. Derek Grant will continue filling in as the fourth-line center.
Kesler (hip) is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Predators, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Stephens believes Kesler is probably closer to doubtful than questionable ahead of Tuesday's contest, but either way, official word on the veteran pivot's status likely won't surface until the Ducks take the ice for pregame warmups. If he's able to go, Kesler will likely slot into a bottom-six role against Nashville.
Kesler (hip) did not take part in warmups and will not play Sunday versus the Kings, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Kesler will miss his second straight game with a hip injury, and the team has yet to provide a timeline for his return. The veteran forward had hip surgery back in the 2017 offseason, so this latest setback could be connected, though nothing has been confirmed on that front. Look for the Ducks to provide more details around Kesler's status in the coming days.
Kesler has a hip injury and won't play in Friday's game versus the Canadiens.
Kesler had hip surgery during the 2017 summer and his game hasn't been the same since. It's unclear if the procedure is related to his current condition, but it's not a good sign for the 34-year-old pivot. He'll be replaced in the bottom six by Devin Shore.
Kesler registered four hits and two PIM in a 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Kesler's 1,000th game went by without him registering a point, but he did make an impact in his own way. He's up to 92 hits and 42 PIM in 59 games this year, but with only eight points, he is only a shell of his former self on offense.
Kesler posted an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Blackhawks.
Kesler also had two shots on goal and two blocked shots while leading Ducks forwards by skating 18:16 in the contest. Kesler has adapted to a bottom-six role this season, with only eight points and a minus-18 rating in the campaign.
Kesler potted his fifth goal of the season on four shots in a 4-0 win over the Wild on Tuesday.
Kesler had the middle of the three goals in the Ducks' third-period outburst. The center has seen a reduced role this season, recording only seven points in 52 games while skating 1:15 less per game than last year. With such meager production, he should not be considered viable in fantasy.
Kesler logged just 13:05 of ice time in his first game back from injury against Toronto on Monday.
Kesler notched three hits, one shot and one block following a five-game stint in the press box. The center is bogged down in a 19-game pointless streak and hasn't tickled the twine since Nov. 6. With just six points on the year, the Michigan native could miss the 20-point mark for just the fourth time in his career.
Kesler (lower body) will be back in action versus the Maple Leafs on Monday, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Kesler was struggling prior to his five-game stint on injured reserve, as he was pointless in his previous 18 outings and hadn't found the back of the net since Nov. 6 versus Los Angeles. If the center can get his season back on track, he could help get the Ducks back into contention for a playoff spot.
Kesler (lower body) skated on his own prior to Thursday's practice, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Kesler's presence on the ice Thursday suggests he's making progress in his recovery from a lower-body injury, but he'll need to return to practice as a full participant before receiving clearance for game action. The 34-year-old pivot should be considered out indefinitely until he's given the green light to take part in an on-ice session with his teammates.
Kesler (lower body) will return to Anaheim to be re-evaluated by team doctors, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports. The center has also been placed on injured reserve, per the NHL media site.
By placing him on IR, Kesler will officially be shut down at least the next three games, though it certainly seems like it could be longer. With Jakob Silfverberg (lower body) also banged up, the team will need to promote a player or two from the minors to bolster its forward complement. Adam Henrique figures to see an uptick in ice time with Kesler on the shelf.
Kesler (lower body) left Tuesday's game against Detroit midway through the second period, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Kesler barely got going versus the Red Wings, playing just 5:01 before being forced to leave the game and hobble down the tunnel in obvious discomfort. His status beyond Tuesday is unknown, but the veteran forward did not look good as he left the ice.
Kesler tallied a power-play assist and logged 19:58 of ice time during Sunday's 6-5 win over the Capitals.
The assist ends a 12-game scoring drought for Kesler, who is on pace for just 18 points and a dismal minus-33 rating. Injuries have taken their toll on the 34-year-old center who can no longer be relied upon in standard formats.
Kesler (undisclosed) will play Tuesday's game versus the Kings, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
After posting four points (three goals, one assist) in the first four games of the year, Kesler's been brutal with zero points and a minus-6 rating in the last eight contests. He's still logging substantial power-play minutes, so he'll look to turn it around against the crosstown rival.
Kesler (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with the Kings, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Kesler appeared to be fine against the Blue Jackets on Sunday, logging a healthy 20:29 of ice time, so it isn't clear when he sustained his undisclosed injury. The 34-year-old pivot's status for Tuesday's contest should be confirmed once Anaheim takes the ice for pregame warmups.
Kesler scored a pair of goals, including one on the power play, in a 4-1 victory against the Islanders on Wednesday.
The power-play score came with six seconds remaining in the first period, and Kesler tallied the first goal of the second period as well. A season after scoring just eight goals and 14 points in 44 games, it's great to see Kesler off to a strong start. He has three goals and five points in four games.
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