Kesler has sprained knee; out for 'at least a couple weeks' Staff

3/14/2014 12:18:57 PM

The Vancouver Canucks will have to wait a little while longer on the return of centre Ryan Kesler.

The team's official Twitter account quoted coach John Tortorella on Friday saying that Kesler "has a sprained knee and is out 'at least a couple of weeks'".

The 29-year-old pivot left Wednesday's game against the Winnipeg Jets after a knee-on-knee collision and has since been undergoing tests in Vancouver.

Kesler was the focal point of much speculation in the lead-up to the Mar. 5 NHL trade deadline, but Canucks GM Mike Gillis was unable to find a package that he deemed fair for the two-way centre.

His 40 points are tied with Daniel Sedin, currently out with a strained left hamstring, and one back of Henrik Sedin for the team lead. He has 22 goals on the campaign.

Kesler has two years remaining on his contract beyond 2013-14 worth an average annual value of $5 million.