Ryan Kesler‘s hip injury is expected to take longer to heal than originally anticipated.
Kesler told NHL.com Tuesday it could take four to five months to recover from off-season hip surgery. He had the surgery to remove bone fragments earlier this month, a procedure that was supposed to keep him sidelined for 12 weeks.
Kesler said he’ll now be re-evaluated in 12 weeks.
The 32-year-old centre is a finalist for the Selke Trophy for the NHL’s top defensive forward. He had 22 goals and 58 points this past season.