Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler, recovering from hip surgery, doesn't expect to be ready for the regular season.
"To be honest, right now if you ask me if I'll be ready for the start of the season, the way I feel right now I'd say no," Kesler told NHL.com Friday.
"I'm going to take my time and be smart about this, make it right."
Kesler played hurt during the playoffs last spring before having surgery July 25. Recovery was expected to take up to 12 weeks.
Kesler has been skating but won't be with the Canucks when training camp opens next week.