Vancouver Canucks assistant general manager Lawrence Gilman says forward Ryan Kesler is not months away and thinks his return will happen “sooner rather than later.”
Kesler’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, made headlines in Vancouver a couple of weeks ago when he said his client is still “several months away” from returning. The forward underwent shoulder and wrist surgeries in the offseason and his recovery has been slower than anticipated.
Gilman was unhappy with Overhardt speaking to media about Kesler’s injury status. He says it is club policy not to speak about a player’s injury status with the media and they do not encourage its players and their representatives to do so either.
After speaking with Overhardt, Gilman says the Canucks and him are “on the same page” in regards to Kesler’s injury status, but a return is not imminent.
“I do know if we were to start playing today, he likely wouldn’t be healthy and in our lineup,” says Gilman. “But we do anticipate that he is going to have a full recovery at some point and we think it’s going to happen sooner rather than later.
This is good news for the Canucks because several months would have put Kesler out for the rest of the season.