Canucks' Kesler says there is no timeframe for return to NHL Staff

1/6/2013 2:55:27 PM

While NHL players prepare for the upcoming shortened NHL season, Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler says there is no timeframe for his return.

Kesler, 28, underwent surgery on his left shoulder in May and a left wrist operation in late June but his recovery has been slower than anticipated.

"Our goal for Ryan is that he's able to play the next 10 years, not the next two months," Kesler's agent Kurt Overhardt said. "We are working with the club closely on his recovery and we are all on the same page."

Although NHL players haven't received a paycheque since the beginning of the lockout, Kesler was still being paid his $5 million salary because he was injured prior to the end of the last collective bargaining agreement. He was also allowed to rehab with the Canucks' medical staff throughout the lockout.

In 77 games last season, Kesler tallied 22 goals and 27 assists for 49 points.