Ducks F Kesler without a timetable for return

Sep 16, 2017 - 12:52 AM Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler is without a timetable to return to the ice after having offseason hip surgery, general manager Bob Murray announced on Friday.

Murray told the Los Angeles Times that he was hopeful that Christmas could be the return date for Kesler, who underwent hip surgery after the Ducks were eliminated by the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference final on May 22.

"As of right now, there is no timeline whatsoever for Ryan Kesler," Murray said. "Basically he had to play the second half of last year with no ... he couldn't skate. He couldn't push off his right leg whatsoever so he's got to rebuild his total glute, quad, everything, and that's what they're in the process of doing right now. So I'm hopeful to have him back before Christmas, but that's all I'm going to say for right now.

"We'll see. You know how Kes is. He's pushing it pretty good but we're also pushing back and just taking our time."

Kesler, who won the Selke Trophy in 2011, collected 22 goals and 36 assists in 82 games last season. The 33-year-old scored one goal and set up seven others in 17 playoff games.

Murray told the Los Angeles Times that he's projecting Nov. 1 as the return date for defenseman Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm, who each needed labrum surgery.

"They're looking fine, they're shooting the puck fine, but that's our future. We'll be pretty careful with this," Murray said. "I don't know who's going to play first. That doesn't matter. It will be 22 weeks as of Nov. 1 and they'll play sometime around that point in time."

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