An update on Ryan Kesler’s return to the Canucks, Mark Messier wins arbitration case with Canucks, Senators still lacking depth in toughness, and Jets hire second assistant GM.


Kesler recuperating from shoulder & wrist surgeries.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ryan Kesler’s agent said the Canucks center won’t be returning to the lineup until December following off-season shoulder and wrist injuries.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those injuries explain both the decline in Kesler’s production last season, as well as the Canucks rumored pursuit of UFA center Jason Arnott.

VANCOUVER SUN: Former Canuck Mark Messier won a $6 million settlement in a long-standing contract grievance he had with the team.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Over a decade after his disappointing three-season tenure with the Canucks, Messier continues to haunt this team.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators are still lacking depth in toughness, plus they also need to reach the cap floor before the start of this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A good chunk of that cap space will obviously be used to bring in another physical player or two.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets have promoted Larry Simmons to assistant general manager.