The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed 6'2", 195-pound center Ryan Kesler to a one-year offer sheet, according to club General Manager Bob Clarke. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
"The Flyers have signed a one-year offer sheet with Group Two restricted free agent forward Ryan Kesler," said Clarke in making the announcement. "The Vancouver Canucks have the option to match the offer or to take a second round pick from the Flyers in next year's NHL Entry Draft. Obviously, being a Group Two free agent gives Vancouver a week to decide whether or not they want to match our offer."
Kesler, 22, recorded 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points and 79 penalty minutes in 82 games last season with the Vancouver Canucks. In two NHL seasons (2003-04 and 2005-06), both with Vancouver, Kesler has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points and 95 penalty minutes in 110 games. In two seasons with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (2003-04 and 2004-05), Kesler posted 33 goals and 35 assists for 68 points and 134 penalty minutes in 111 games.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Kesler was originally drafted from Ohio State University by Vancouver in the first round, 23rd overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.