Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler will likely miss the start of the NHL season after undergoing hip surgery Tuesday night. Team officials announced that Kesler could potentially be out as long as 10-to-12 weeks.
The announcement is a relatively large blow to a Vancouver team still stinging from their Game 7 defeat against the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals. Last season Kesler led the Canucks to the franchise's first President's Trophy, before playing an vital role in the team's run to the Finals. The 26-year-old compiled 11 points in Vancouver's second-round series against Nashville -- one short of the franchise record -- and scored the game tying goal with 13.2 seconds left of the deciding fifth game in the Western Conference Finals. He earned the Frank J. Selke Trophy for his efforts.
Throughout seven seasons with the Canucks, Kesler has totaled 288 points -- 131 goals and 157 assists -- in 484 games. He is coming off his best individual season in which he scored a career high 41 goals and was named to his first All-Star game.
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