By Adam Graham (@adam_graham)
Two weeks ago, the Vancouver Canucks were looking for answers to a disappointing early exit to the 2012 NHL playoffs and much of the negative spotlight was shining directly on Ryan Kesler.
While Kesler was just one of many Canucks that didn’t live up to the expectations placed on them, when you’re a star player that scored 41 goals the previous year and carried your team through parts of the 2011 playoffs, people notice a lot more when you don’t deliver when it matters the most.
Many even went as far as to suggest the Canucks trade Kesler in order to shake up the roster and alter the dynamic of the team heading into next season.
After all, Kesler has a no-trade clause that kicks in before the start of next season, so if general manager Mike Gillis were to try to rebrand the Canucks by dealing his second-line center, now would be the perfect time to do so.
However, now that we’ve received the news that Kesler was injured to the point that he needed ...