Ryan Kesler has a weird reputation in the National Hockey League that Vancouver Canucks fans are well aware of as their former highly productive power forward also came with a bad rap as a player who others in the league felt was a bit of a diver as well as a player who would try to convince the referees for a call or two (or thousand if you were a rival of the Canucks).
Apparently that sentiment towards Kesler is now being taken in Vancouver as on The Province websites “Ten reasons things are looking up for the Canucks” there is a potshot taken at the Canucks player who was one of the lone bright spots on the team for much of the 2013/14 regular season.
From The Province:
7. The Sedins get a new dance partner in Vrbata, whom many consider one of the best valued free agents on the market. After a serious decline in last years point totals for Daniel and Henrik, having a weapon like Vrbata play with the twins should immediately make for more entertaining hockey.
8. We can now fully hate Ryan Kesler’s diving and whining.
9. This is the year Zack Kassian becomes the player we traded for. Right? RIGHT?!
To be fair, the column that is supposed to be a positive spin on the Canucks heading into the 2014/15 season is largely negative and also takes plenty of potshots at former head coach John Tortorella while they are looking at things that are bright sides to the upcoming season. Even if Kesler may have dove a few times too often for some fans liking, there is no denying that the vast majority of fans in Vancouver will be missing their top forward from last season at times in 2014/15. Perhaps enough that they would overlook Kesler’s few attempts at drawing penalties like they always did just to have that power forward presence back on the Vancouver forward lines.