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Too Much Ice Time For Kesler

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

After the first period of Vancouver’s pre-season opener Monday, there were a few of us in the media thinking an apology to former coach Alain Vigneault needed to be dispatched.

All this time spent giving him the gears for overplaying Ryan Kesler and then watching Kes break down at the end of the season was apparently a big mistake. Turns out AV was taking it easy on him, short-shifting the guy as though he was Sami Salo.

With Mike Sullivan and Glen Gulutzan at the helm, RK 17 turned in a 10-minute first period that, given the obvious lack of import of the game, surely had to raise some eyebrows. Having realized the horror of what had just taken place they backed off a little the rest of the game, leaving his total ice time for the game at 26:26,


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in Alain’s defense, Kesler does get considerable rest on the ice in between dives and faked injuries. I suspect that the amount of time he is on his back or rear writhing in pain or attempting to get the referees attention accounts for a least 1 to 2 minutes of rest per period.

Posted by scooter on 09/17/13 at 10:42 AM ET

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Where’s the happy medium between Vancouver concerning themselves with a coach no longer there regarding the ice time of an overpaid flopper AND the Florida Panthers not able to give away tickets?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 09/17/13 at 12:15 PM ET

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