I saw a couple stories before the playoffs started of Kesler saying he came back too soon from injury and was still expeirencing pain. What I dont understand is why he didn't take a week off or so before the playoffs started for some rest.
I think we've all heard the rumours about how Kesler came back too soon, is still experiencing pain, yadda, yadda. I recall that one article, two weeks before the end of the regular season, Kesler interviewed and saying how he's had to focus on his defensive game because he was still in pain. Great timing for the article, coming just after it was pretty clear he wasn't ever going to go on a roll this year.
But for my part, I don't fall for any of it.
The game after that article containing the poor Kesler story, I listened to AV himself say how he had tried that night to get Kesler going by double shifting him. Sorry, but a coach doesn't double shift a guy who has an injury and/or is in pain.
A coach also doesn't consistently - throughout the entire season - give an injured or hurting guy more ice time than he does his top producers. If Kesler was really injured or in pain in any way that effected his game, he would not have been played the season averaging an entire minute more than Henrik and one and half minutes more than Daniel.
And anyway, being injured or in pain doesn't explain how many times Kesler was busy looking for a penalty call in the offensive zone while the puck was in the Canucks defensive zone, how many times he refused to play the team game of "pass the puck", how many times he bailed on post-game scrums because he was too busy pouting to be the leader he claimed to becoming.
Basically, being injured or in pain doesn't explain Kesler's mentality and general attitude. Remember Linden (for only one example), injured, bloodied, screaming in agony between periods when they injected him with meds to keep him going - and he inspired his team, he didn't go all nasty petty negative pouting.
Really tired of Kesler and the excuses he's been given all season.