The Vancouver Canucks have signed centre Ryan Kesler to a new three-year contract worth $5.25 million US, or an average of $1.75 per season, The Province has learned.I'm telling you, I'm wasted in the blogging world. The Canucks should be BEGGING me to negotiate contracts for them. I'd have had this done a year ago and long before Bobby screwed up the team's salary cap last year. Live and learn, Canucks. You have my phone number.Although if he keeps up this recent habit of injurious self-destruction, the deal ain't gonna look so good... But I seriously doubt that will be the case; and regardless, he's worth the risk.Update 12:50pm PST: From Grant Kerr a the Globe & Mail, these comments --
Kesler believes his offensive totals can increase dramatically next season if he’s used more in offensive situations, rather than just being cast as a role player on checking lines. [...] Now that he has security, Kesler figures the goals will come because he’s healthy and doesn’t have to worry about his financial future.I guess we'll see, but I'm not too worried about it. He's always had offensive upside and a 3-year contract gives us a pretty good chance of experiencing it for a good price. But if not, we can't complain about locking down a guy who's become such a steady, reliable checker and penalty killer.Next up? We need to find someone who can score on the power-play against tight-checking teams... or even against minor league teams, frankly. I'll take what I can get.