Great news coming out of Vancouver today with the announcement of Ryan Kesler signing a contract extension. The deal is said to be signed for 6 years / $30 million, keeping the energetic forward with the Orca’s through the 2015-2016 season.
This was the guy that was going to be the one to worry about this off-season and with it now out of the way, it really solidifies the core of the team. If you are a fan of Canucks hockey, this is a good thing and it shows General Manager Mike Gillis’ commitment to keeping a competitive team on the ice. Last summer after the Sedin’s and Luongo were signed everyone looked forward to this moment and if it would be possible. Kesler himself had said that players would have to take less money in order to keep strong teams together. Averaging out at 5 million/year it’s a lot of money but he probably could have gone on the open market and made more. Posing that question, do you think he took less?
It’s a fair deal for a guy who’s tough as nails to play against and wants to win more than anything. I can be on board with that type of player without question. Burrows, D. Sedin, H. Sedin, Luongo, Kesler are all locked up so MG needs to focus on the defense a bit more. Although the depth is there, top tier D-Men are missing and that should be his next target. However, that job never stops, so leaving that for another day, be glad this guy is staying put. I wouldn’t want to go up against him if he hadn’t signed here.
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Written by Luke Mirza