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Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler's had a struggle of it this season, with 12 goals and 19 assists through 41 games. Last season he had 23 goals at this point, cruising to a career-best 41 tallies after being liberated from his traditional role as the team's primary shutdown center.
But Ryan Kesler also has something that other players around the NHL crave when their performance turns underwhelming:
The benefit of the doubt.
He can slump without consequence where others -- like Roberto Luongo -- have their jobs threatened. His offseason hip surgery is attached to many criticisms as a footnote, as Kesler told the Vancouver Sun that "the first 10 or 15 games I just didn't have it, but I feel my game and skating is back to where it should be at."
He's a popular player and fits the ideal of what fans and media want to see from this team: Competitive fire, a drive to succeed and respect from the rest of the NHL's media (if not its players).
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I was going to write a blog post on this, but then I thought NAH. That requires about 10 minutes more effort than a forum post, and that's 10 minutes more than I want to spend covering this sitch.
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...
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...
Take note ladies (and gents)
Cody Hodgson, the Vancouver Canucks‘ rookie who has worked tirelessly all season to prove himself, is, in fact, a stud.
Did you know?
Here are a few reasons why the Vancouver Canucks Co-ho is studworthy:
1. He’s becoming a Canucks sharp shooter
Cody just scored, off the post and in.
With three of the past six power play goals for the Canucks...
Dustin Penner recently injured himself by eating pancakes and the fans in Vancouver were not about to let him forget it. Some clever fans brought some maple syrup and strategically placed it behind Penner. Well played, well played.
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Last minute bargains?
As we near the February trade deadline, the rumour mill has heated up, linking the Vancouver Canucks with possible moves for Cory Perry, George Parros, or Travis Moen.
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Can’t get it together
The Vancouver Canucks have just three games left this month and they look like they need it. The team has looked flat since the emotional win in Boston.
Sami Salo‘s injury isn’t helping matters but the forwards up front aren’t exactly lighting it up either.
Ryan Kesler has been in a prolonged scoring slump five-on-five while the Sedins haven’t grabbed...
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The Los Angeles Kings took a rough road game to the Vancouver Canucks last night, controlling play and pushing the pace in a 3-2 shootout victory at Rogers Arena.
The loss to the Kings was the second straight game given up to a visiting California team after the Anaheim Ducks took it to Vancouver in a two-goal loss over the weekend.
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Williams, who also scored in regulation, beat Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo on his stick side and Richards, the fourth shooter, fired over his glove.
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1. SHAKE IT UP IN SHOOTOUT
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The Vancouver Canucks look to have a little more jump in their step tonight as they try to extend a six-game home point streak over the Los Angeles Kings.