Kesler out indefinitely for Ducks after offseason hip surgery –

ANAHEIM — Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler is out indefinitely after having offseason hip surgery.

“As of right now, there is no timeline whatsoever,” general manager Bob Murray told the Ducks website Friday. “He couldn’t skate [during the second half of the season]. No push-off on his right leg. He has to rebuild his glutes and quads. That’s what we’re in the process of doing right now. I’m hopeful to have him back before Christmas, but that’s all I’m going to say right now.”

[FANTASY SPIN: Kesler injury opens door for Rakell, others]

Kesler, 33, had surgery in Colorado on June 8 to remove several pieces of floating hip capsule, an ailment that limited his mobility and goal-scoring during the second half of last season.

He had 58 points (22 goals, 36 assists) in 82 games last season, and had eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The Ducks advanced to the Western Conference Final before losing to the Nashville Predators in six games.

“You know how Kesler is, he’s pushing it pretty good, but we’re also pushing back and just taking our time,” Murray said.

It was Kesler’s best offensive season since 2010-11, when he had 73 points (41 goals, 32 assists) in 82 games and won the Selke Trophy as the League’s best defensive forward with the Vancouver Canucks.

Last season, he won an NHL career-high 1,029 faceoffs and led the League with 773 faceoffs taken and 429 wins in the defensive zone. Kesler was plus-8, his best rating since he was plus-11 with Vancouver in 2011-12. He finished second in Selke voting behind center Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.

Video: [email protected]: Kesler tallies PPG on tip-in from the slot

The Ducks also will begin the season without defensemen Sami

Read More Here...

This entry was posted in Hockey News. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.