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08:31 AM ET 08.23 | At the very least, Ryan Kesler remains optimistic that he will return from hip surgery and play in the Canucks' season opener. Kesler was given a time frame that included 10-12 weeks of rehab after he had the labrum in his hip repaired late last month. The Canucks open at home against Pittsburgh on Oct. 6. "It's going good; small victories here and there," Kesler told Canucks TV from his hometown of Livonia, Mich. "I just got off my crutches and I'll start strengthening so everything is back to normal. I'll start skating here in the next couple of weeks and hopefully be back by that first game." Kesler's history with hip labrum surgery suggests he might just make the opening night lineup.

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Ryan Kesler, Getty Images Ryan Kesler, Getty Images
August 23, 2011  08:35 AM ET

2011/12 or 2012/13??? just wondering.

August 23, 2011  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

2011/12 or 2012/13??? just wondering.

Fair question. They didn't specify.

August 23, 2011  08:58 AM ET

That's good news for Nux fans.

Let's hope they take that piece of plywood out of his sweater too.

August 23, 2011  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That's good news for Nux fans. Let's hope they take that piece of plywood out of his sweater too.

It's the stick up his **** I'd be worried about myself.

August 23, 2011  09:19 AM ET

Hip ailments/injuries can be a funny thing. He may expect to come back, but how it will affect him going forward...that is a whole different story

August 23, 2011  09:48 AM ET

I bet Hank is relieved to hear this news ;)

August 23, 2011  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That's good news for Nux fans. Let's hope they take that piece of plywood out of his sweater too.

Wha???? I love the David Byrne/Talking Heads look he has going on there!

August 23, 2011  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That's good news for Nux fans. Let's hope they take that piece of plywood out of his sweater too.

LOL - Actually it is most likely "OSB" (pressboard) what with left coast bein all "green" and recycling types ;-)

August 23, 2011  10:10 AM ET

"I just got off my crutches"

I'm surprised he's not ready to come back now! :)

August 23, 2011  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

"I just got off my crutches" I'm surprised he's not ready to come back now! :)

Still trying to find a pair of double runner skates then he'll be set!

August 23, 2011  12:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Hip ailments/injuries can be a funny thing. He may expect to come back, but how it will affect him going forward...that is a whole different story

If it becomes too problematic he plans on just switching to defense and skating backwards DWI.

August 23, 2011  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

If it becomes too problematic he plans on just switching to defense and skating backwards DWI.

Witty. ;)

August 23, 2011  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

LOL - Actually it is most likely "OSB" (pressboard) what with left coast bein all "green" and recycling types ;-)

The Nux have taken the recycling thing to a new level. They have given Owen Nolan a contract.

August 23, 2011  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

If it becomes too problematic he plans on just switching to defense and skating backwards DWI.

Good one Baun-ded and nice to see you back.

August 23, 2011  12:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

The Nux have taken the recycling thing to a new level. They have given Owen Nolan a contract.

Touche ' and my deepest condolensces on your Sutter as a Oilers Scout news this morning !!!

August 23, 2011  01:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

LOL - Actually it is most likely "OSB" (pressboard) what with left coast bein all "green" and recycling types ;-)

Whats wrong with being green.

Although I find it ironic that when I went to school the 3R's were Reading 'Riting 'Rithmetic now they are Reduce Reuse Recycle

August 23, 2011  01:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Touche ' and my deepest condolensces on your Sutter as a Oilers Scout news this morning !!!

Shocked to say the least. Hard to believe a Sutter working for the Oilers. I guess every scout on the planet was already under contract, no other way to explain it.

August 23, 2011  01:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That's good news for Nux fans. Let's hope they take that piece of plywood out of his sweater too.

Very astute observation Canuck. Yeah Kesler looks like a lego character in that picture.

August 23, 2011  01:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

The Nux have taken the recycling thing to a new level. They have given Owen Nolan a contract.

Post of the day!

 
August 23, 2011  01:29 PM ET

Kesler, along with the rest of that squad should get their artichoke hearts removed and replaced with real ones.

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