Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/25/12 at 11:39 AM ET
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
And his (Ryan Kesler) quiet series against the Kings did little to spruce up a playoff resume that shows just 10 goals in 53 games. Half of those came in a five-day span during Kesler’s spectacular second-round playoff series last year against the Nashville Predators.
General manager Mike Gillis, exasperated by the Canucks’ reputation for diving and whining, may well consider Kesler’s playoff returns when he decides how best to change his team.
Luongo and Kesler have been cornerstones so long, trading those two alone would transform the Canucks.
“It’s really not my job to worry about stuff like that,” Kesler said of the possibility of change. “We have a good team; we finished on top of the league this year. Saying that, two weeks of bad hockey kills you. Everybody knows this group can win.
“We were one win away [10 months ago] and we didn’t even get our foot in the door this year.”
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