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Are the Canucks a better "team" with Kesler not in the line up?

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Does everyone here not realize he played every game with a broken foot?...

How well would anyone play hockey with a broken foot... Probably not their best

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This has been evident every time he is not in the line-up. The team seems to have way more jump, and way more desire to hit and go into the dirty areas. I have no explanation for this, but it is greatly concerning me o.O

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He is great on the PP but we've had a harder time finding someone for him to play with then the Sedins.

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No. Kesler has played brilliantly with this line up before. He just needs time to adjust.

That being said, I see how this team played yesterday with dominance and fire. Adding Kesler into the lineup would shake up the dynamic.

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows

Higgins - Kesler - Kassian

Raymond - Schroeder - Hansen

Booth - Lapierre - Sestito/Weise

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No. They're a better team than when Kes in the lineup with a broken foot. :towel:

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Don't think OP was talking about Kesler's play itself but rather the team chemistry when Kesler's not in the lineup.

This problem actually happens a lot, when a team loses one of it's key players to injury, they know they need to buckle down and play a tighter more hardworking game so they end up having success. Maybe the Canucks need to focus on not being complacent when Kesler's in.

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I really like Kesler's style of play and his aggressiveness on the puck, and because of his many loyal years developing in the organization obviously he wants to help the team win. He seems grumpy all the time though.. maybe due to his foot hurting haha

If we don't end up trading any assets for another highly skilled forward via a trade this year. I think the best way to create chemistry for Kesler would be to play him with his American bros Higgins and Booth. THis lets us leave the Hanson, Schroeder, Mayray line intact and thow Lappy on the 4th with kassian/sestito

n2b imo

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Not a statement but a question put forward for discussion.

Obviously Kesler is one of the best (if not the best) athletes on the Canucks but does the team have better all around chemistry when he is not in the line up?

If so what is the trick to Kesler better fitting in the line up? Should Gillis look for another center and have Kesler move to the wing?

He really came into his own playing beside Sundin. I believe it was Sammy and Raymond who played beside him during his 40 goal season? Maybe we just miss a good veteran presence...someone like Sammy or Sundin?

Thoughts?

Flame away...

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I'll reserve my judgements until I see him play more than one game completely healthy.

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TBH I like Raymond and Hansen together, and that shouldn't be split up.

Sedins - Burrows

Raymond - Kesler - Hansen 2a?

Booth- Schroeder - Higgins 2b?

Sestito - Lapierre - Kassian

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This is just an opinion and from nothing I have read...

I personally see Kesler as a cancer in the dressing room, bad attitude, diving, yapping... Constant mis-communication with management and coaches. Without Kesler the canucks have been much better then with him in the lineup and it's more then just his broken foot. I think Kesler needs to be traded else where, and we all know there is a market for him. Maybe something along the lines of...

To FLO: Ryan Kesler and Roberto Luongo

To VAN: Nick Bjustad, Jon Huberdeau and Scott Clemmensen

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They had a meeting before the game, cause they were not playing well.

The effort they gave yesterday, we would win without any one of our star players in the lineup.

That being said Kes does have to work on somethings, like working with his linemates. Also respecting their skills and what they bring.

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I Have not been to impressed with Schroeders play recently, I feel like he is going to be the cody Hodgson of the stanley cup year.

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Don't think OP was talking about Kesler's play itself but rather the team chemistry when Kesler's not in the lineup.

This problem actually happens a lot, when a team loses one of it's key players to injury, they know they need to buckle down and play a tighter more hardworking game so they end up having success. Maybe the Canucks need to focus on not being complacent when Kesler's in.

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