The Anaheim Duck are poised to make another playoff run next season. Their core of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are starting to show signs of aging so they are hoping for one more shot at the Stanley Cup. Those chances might have just taken a big hit though.
GMBM on Kesler:— QuackChat (@QuackChat) June 23, 2018
“I think Kes has actually come out and said some things to a few people that if he feels as bad as he did this year, that he doesn’t know if he can play any more. Let’s face it, he wasn’t right this year and he tried to gut his way out of it. It was really hard.”
Ryan Kesler has been a key member of the Ducks, providing depth scoring as well as being one of the top shutdown centers in all of hockey. Now it is starting to look like the Ducks might have to carry on without him next season.
According to a conversation The Athletic's Eric Stephens had with Bob Murray Kesler's career might be over due to a lingering injury.
“Well, there’s a concern level,” Murray said. “Of course there is. But I think Kes has actually come out and said some things to a few people that if he feels as bad as he did this year, that he doesn’t know if he can play anymore. Let’s face it, he wasn’t right this year and he tried to gut his way out of it. It was really hard. At some point in time, if this continues and nothing gets better … but he’s got to do right for him and his family. That’s the bottom line here. As far as Elliotte Friedman, keep throwing spaghetti at the wall and see what hits.”
The loss of Kesler would be a huge blow for a team lacking center depth. That and the fact that Kesler is one of the leaders in the Anaheim locker room would make for this situation to be a tough obstacle to overcome next season.