Vancouver center and Selke Trophy winner Ryan Kesler was playing hurt during the Stanley Cup Final and now we know exactly what was wrong with him.
The Canucks announced Tuesday that Kesler underwent successful surgery to repair the labrum in his hip and is expected to have a full recovery in 10-12 weeks. The Vancouver Province reported Kesler had the surgery on July 25.
Vancouver is scheduled to open the 2011-12 season at home against Pittsburgh on Oct. 6, which would be 10 and a half weeks from the day Kesler reportedly had the operation. While the Canucks are hoping he can return for the start of the regular season, a more likely scenario has Kesler not returning to Vancouver's lineup until mid-to-late October.