will make his 2011-12 season debut Tuesday night when the Vancouver Canucks
host the New York Rangers
The reigning Selke Trophy winner had offseason surgery on his hip, which plagued him during the final game of last season's Western Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final. He rejoined the Canucks at practice Monday and declared himself ready to return.
Kesler spent Monday on a line with Cody Hodgson
and Chris Higgins
and on the team's top power-play unit with Henrik and Daniel Sedin
To make room on the roster, the Canucks sent 21-year-old defenseman Chris Tanev to Chicago of the AHL.
Kesler is coming off a career season in which he had 41 goals and 73 points. In the playoffs, the Livonia, Mich,, native had 7 goals and 12 assists in 25 games. He scored the series-clinching goal in the Western Finals to eliminate the San Jose Sharks
in six games.