Feb 26, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler (17) prepares for the face off against the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Canucks 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks' Ryan Kesler to Begin Skating with Team Soon

Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler, who is currently out after undergoing offseason shoulder and wrist surgeries, is set to begin practicing with the team in the next 7-10 days.

General manager Mike Gillis revealed the news during a first period intermission segment on Sportsnet.

Kesler’s return to the lineup will be a welcome boost to a Canucks team who has had their second line decimated by injuries to Kesler and David Booth.

Booth is dealing with a strained groin that he suffered on the first day of training camp while undergoing physical testing. The timeline for recovery announced by the team was four-to-six weeks. He is out until mid-February at the earliest.

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