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Canucks sign F Kesler to 6-year contract extension

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Ryan Kesler has signed a six-year contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks.

The 25-year-old forward due to become a restricted free agent on July 1 is now under contract through the 2015-16 season. The Canucks didn't reveal financial details when they announced the deal on Friday.

Kesler is having a career season with 21 goals and 45 assists in 71 games.

He has spent his entire career in Vancouver after being drafted 23rd overall in 2003.

The U.S. Olympian has 86 goals and 206 points in 391 NHL games.

He was a runner-up for the Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward last season.

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