Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/17/12
Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler has taken exception to an assertion made by his coach that he doesn't use his linemates well enough.

Alain Vigneault suggested following the Canucks' 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night that Kesler needs to rely on others in order to become a better player at both ends of the ice.

“He’s got to use the players around him a little bit more so he can get into open space and create the type of offensive chances and be the defensive player he can be," Vigneault told reporters after the loss.

“But I don’t think ... pointing a finger at Ryan Kesler — the way the group played — is the right thing to do.”

Kesler was made aware of the comments by the media, and lashed out in response.

"Me utilize my players?" he said. "Obviously, I don't know what he means by that and if he wants to say that he can come to me and talk to me about it.

"I am going to play my game, the things that have made me successful. I know what that is and if he wants to come talk to me he is more than welcome."

Kesler has 12 goals and 19 assists in 41 games this season. He was held without a shot against the Ducks.

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