February 27, 2013
Broken foot means Ryan Kesler to miss more games for Canucks
By HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler. (REUTERS)

VANCOUVER - Ryan Kesler is back on the shelf.

Having only played seven games so far this season, the Vancouver Canucks centre was spotted wearing a walking boot while in the hallway of Rogers Arena on Wednesday morning. Then following practice, coach Alain Vigneault confirmed the star forward is out "for the next little while" after a CT scan revealed a fracture in his right foot.

"Yesterday, he came in after the trip and told doctors he still felt a little discomfort, so to have a peace of mind they decided to do a CT scan and we didn't get the result that we anticipated," Vigneault said. "Any fracture is usually four to six weeks depending on the nature of the fracture, some are less — hairline fractures or whatever. So I haven't gotten in length with how long this one is going to be."

Also unknown exactly is when Kesler suffered the injury, with one report saying it came during a game against the Dallas Stars last Thursday. But Vigneault acknowledged Kesler had two X-rays since then, both of which turned up negative, but the CT scan "gave us another version."

This season, the 28-year-old has a goal and four assists after sitting out the team's first 11 games recovering from off-season shoulder and wrist surgeries.

The Canucks are now expected to recall centre Andrew Ebbett from the AHL Chicago Wolves — the same day the team put forward Aaron Volpatti on waivers in order to send him down to the minors.


"This has got more to do with Aaron getting an opportunity to play a little bit more," Vigneault said. "Having been injured the way he was last year and only getting seven minutes a game, he felt … and (general manager Mike Gillis) felt this was the best thing for him at this time."

The Canucks don't play until Saturday when they host the Stanley Cup champs, the Los Angeles Kings, for the first time this season. But at Wednesday's practice, the team put rookie Jordan Schroeder on the top power play unit in place of Kesler.

"We've got some decisions to make and for one of the few times this year, we've got the luxury of having a couple of days to make that," Vigneault said. "We're going to find out a little bit more about Ryan here and by Friday's practice, you're going to know more about what's going on."

 

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