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#1 ovx_211

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:05 PM

Cue the Kesler for Weber proposals!


BY BRAD ZIEMER, VANCOUVER SUN JANUARY 16, 2012
VANCOUVER — Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler was clearly displeased today to hear about a comment made about his game by coach Alain Vigneault.

After Sunday night's lacklustre 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, Vigneault was asked what was wrong with Kesler, whose numbers are down this season and in more than 19 minutes of ice time Sunday night failed to register a shot on goal.

"I think he has to use the players around him a little bit more so that he can get into open space and create the type of offensive chances and be the type of defensive player that he can be," Vigneault said.

Kesler was not aware of those comments until today and bristled when they were put to him by reporters following the team's practice at Rogers Arena.

"Me utilize my players?" Kesler said, before adding: "Obviously, I don't know what he means by that and if he wants to say that he can come to me and talk to me about it.

"I am going to play my game, the things that have made me successful. I know what that is and if he wants to come talk to me he is more than welcome."

Kesler had off-season hip surgery and missed the first five game of the regular season.

This season, he has 12 goals and 31 points in 40 games. Last season, Kesler had a career-high 41 goals, 73 points and won the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward.

Asked today if he was living up to his own expectations this season, Kesler said: "Some games, yeah. Obviously, no one is perfect. I am far from it. I go on the ice expecting the best and I am going to expect the best tomorrow night."

The Canucks play host to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night (7 p.m., Sportsnet Pacific, Team 1040).

Kesler acknowledged it took him some time to feel like he had completely recovered from his hip surgery when he returned this season.

"The first 10 or 15 games I just didn't have it, but I feel my game and skating is back to where it should be at," he said today.

After today's practice, Vigneault emphasized that Kesler is not the only top Canuck player struggling.

"Ryan and Hank and Danny (Sedin), I can name quite a few other guys who (are struggling)," Vigneault said. "Sometimes players are going to be a little bit off. Right now we have a couple of guys who are just a tad off. They are aware of it, it's not from lack of preparation or trying. You are going to get these moments in a season."

Vigneault also addressed the inconsistency of Kesler's play.

"I think in Ryan's case what happens is he has shown that high, high-end level at really critical times the type of player he can be," Vigneault said. "And that's a really tough thing to be able to maintain in an 82-game schedule. Everybody is looking to Ryan to do that on a consistent basis. That's not easy for any player to do.

"Ryan being the competitive individual that he is will always try to achieve that standard. It's not easy so he's working on trying to get himself there and get himself there on that consistent basis."
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:08 PM

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Yeah because I think Kesler saying AV can talk to him about his game will spark trade proposals. :huh: It's just another case of the media trying to start something, and people get brainwashed by it.

Edited by Bryan McCabe.24, 16 January 2012 - 08:33 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:09 PM

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@sportsnetmurph: This AV/Kesler spat is humorous. Media fed Kesler only the negative part of AV's comment. Kesler understandably got his back up.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:09 PM

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Hopefully that lights a fire in him and gives him a bit of determination to play better.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:09 PM

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AV knows what he's talking about man. Kesler STOP 1 MANING.Posted Image
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Edited by DreamHerO, 16 January 2012 - 05:10 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:10 PM

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Mountain out of a molehill
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:10 PM

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Seems like the media is trying to stir something thats not there.

Don't fall into the media trap my friends.:canucks:
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:10 PM

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Well maybe he should pass the puck...
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:11 PM

Thanks for posting. I mentioned this in one of the many Kesler threads floating around. I'm just surprised nobody, as in the coaching staff, has even advised Kesler to pass the puck more or do things differently until now.

Edited by mysticriver, 16 January 2012 - 05:13 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:11 PM

Just the media trying to create drama where it doesn't exist...
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:11 PM

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AV saying stuff that rubs players the wrong way? I haven't seen this before. Posted Image

Kes is frustrated with his play more than anyone. (This is also why Kesler is not captain. You'd never hear the Sedins say this about AV.)

Hopefully this fires up Kesler and snaps him out of his deep sleep.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:11 PM

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I think it is time for Kesler to eat some 'humble' pie. It is obvious that Kesler is totally underperforming this year and many times I seen him go 1 on 3 and NOT pass the puck when he should. Pride comes before a downfall.:huh:
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:12 PM

Brainwashed posters by the media in 3, 2, 1...
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:14 PM

Usually when AV calls out a player, it will motivates them......let hope it the case with Kesler
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:17 PM

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I really want to see:

Booth-Hodgson-Kesler


Get a passer in-between those 2 and their games will really open up IMO.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:19 PM

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What the hell is wrong with Vancouver?

He had Major hip surgery in the off-season and is still playing pretty well but leave it up to the media and cdc to slam the guy. I'm starting to hate this place.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:20 PM

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I want to slap that reporter who asked that question. That's like when the reporter told Luongo that fans cheered when he got pulled in Boston and what he thought of that. The media makes me sick.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:21 PM

It's a coach's job to say stuff like this to motivate the players. What do people/Kesler expect when the player is not producing points... A pat on the back?
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:21 PM

Kesler for M Richards

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:23 PM

sounds to me like obviously Kesler is not happy with his performance & neither is the coach. Kes just took it wrong & is understandably sensitive about these things. And cuz he (Kesler) holds himself to such a high standard, he is probably pissed off at himself & is taking that comment very very personally. You know, I'm guessing its really hard for Kes to take a criticism, not cuz his all high & mighty, cuz he is frustrated with his points & performance. Its a sticky subject for him. Hope they act like the pros that they are and move on and win games and not let this fester and grow Posted Image
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:24 PM

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:24 PM

What the hell is wrong with Vancouver?

He had Major hip surgery in the off-season and is still playing pretty well but leave it up to the media and cdc to slam the guy. I'm starting to hate this place.


I agree. We're a frustrating bunch to be honest. Don't know if people here have had sports-related surgery before, but you don't just "overcome" it like we expect pro athletes to do. My brother played hockey when he was younger and he had hip surgery twice along with wrist surgery - you don't overcome it right away, even when you've healed, your game doesn't magically just return people, not to mention the fact that each person recovers and heals at their own pace.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:24 PM

First he says he hates Canadians, now this! :mad: :P

Edited by One one two, 16 January 2012 - 05:26 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:24 PM

I like both those guys and they are on the same page...they def do not care what we or the media think, and they shouldn't.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:25 PM

I really want to see:

Booth-Hodgson-Kesler


Get a passer in-between those 2 and their games will really open up IMO.



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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:28 PM

What the hell is wrong with Vancouver?

He had Major hip surgery in the off-season and is still playing pretty well but leave it up to the media and cdc to slam the guy. I'm starting to hate this place.

Well part of the problem was that they tried to claim he was 100% when he returned which was clearly not the case. This fuels the media and they run with it. I think it's about time AV finally mentions something anyway. The players should be able to take a little bit of constructive criticism which is for the most part true. Kesler has been invisible for 5 games or more now. I'm not hating, it's just a fact and I know he can turn it around. Noticing that he hasn't been as good as can be isn't exactly a crime.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:28 PM

Kesler for Getzlaf
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:28 PM

Angry Kesler = Better Kesler

The media is scum.. Like Dan Murpht said, they only asked Kesler about the negative part. AV mentioned how the other top guys aren't really on their game right now and how Kesler is a high end player who tries to maintain his great play over an 82 game span which can be difficult. But obviously the media dismisses all of that and spit out one or two lines from the interview that they assumed could stir up the most drama..
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:29 PM

Not that big of a deal.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:30 PM

I really want to see:

Booth-Hodgson-Kesler


Get a passer in-between those 2 and their games will really open up IMO.


Totally agree its not keslers fault he needs a playmaker Iginla,Stamkos and Carter also have or had this problem but now iggy has tanguay and stammy has St louis. And as for the comments it pisses me off why the media would ask questions like that to AV then tell kes what he said to start drama like we used to have respectful reporters but I guess we are starting have more reportors like the pesky american ones.
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