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08:23 AM ET 02.04 | At long last, Ryan Kesler returned to practice -- as a player and a punchline of sorts. Kesler took to the ice in a Vancouver Canucks' full workout for the first time this season on Sunday. He led the opening stretch sequence, prompting both a rousing stick tapping from his teammates and Kevin Bieska to sneak up from behind him and drape a white cape with Kesler's No. 17 on over his back. ... He said that there was no timeline on his return, although he will be travelling with the team for the upcoming road trip, which sees them visit the Edmonton Oilers on Monday and the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. He said that he needed to work on his strength and timing and "feeling comfortable in one-on-one battles."

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February 4, 2013  09:03 AM ET

He said that he needed to work on his strength and timing and "feeling comfortable in one-on-one battles."

So he'll be out indefinetly then?

February 4, 2013  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He said that he needed to work on his strength and timing and "feeling comfortable in one-on-one battles."So he'll be out indefinetly then?

Wit an overall body injury

February 4, 2013  09:25 AM ET

He may be the only player in NHL history who needed surgery for diving.

February 4, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Kesler takes important step

I suppose it's considered a 'baby' step?

February 4, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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He may be the only player in NHL history who needed surgery for diving.

yeah BISHOP... I was going to say "Let the Diving Begin"

February 4, 2013  10:26 AM ET

Kesler, this years Sid.

February 4, 2013  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Kesler, this years Sid.

You mean ... Sid took his place in the diving department? :-)

February 4, 2013  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You mean ... Sid took his place in the diving department? :-)

Sid is the master and Kesler is the Padwan in that department.

February 4, 2013  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Kesler, this years Sid.

So no 'muff' involved?

February 4, 2013  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You mean ... Sid took his place in the diving department? :-)

Actually Giroux is pretty good in that department too.

February 4, 2013  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Actually Giroux is pretty good in that department too.

It's contagious.

February 4, 2013  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

So no 'muff' involved?

Oh dear goodness!!!

February 4, 2013  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It's contagious.

I like when Giroux, or any player for that matter, slams the Penalty Box Door, as if the ref will say: "Okay, you're right, I am sorry, come on out."

February 4, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

So no 'muff' involved?

Man I hope so:)

February 4, 2013  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

So no 'muff' involved?

ah yes, the earprints on the thighs

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February 4, 2013  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

No kidding..like the refs have ever changed their minds...they just put themselves at risk at getting more penalties.

They then 'make up' by calling some faint penalty on the other team making themselves look worse.

February 4, 2013  12:09 PM ET
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I like when Giroux, or any player for that matter, slams the Penalty Box Door, as if the ref will say: "Okay, you're right, I am sorry, come on out."

Might just be that they are mad at committing the penalty and putting their team at a disadvantage.

 
February 4, 2013  12:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Might just be that they are mad at committing the penalty and putting their team at a disadvantage.

And they know that yapping at the ref may result in a 2 min. unsportsmanlike call.

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