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Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on Ryan Kesler: Hes on the horizon

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on Ryan Kesler: Hes on the horizon
Published On: Wed, Dec 20
Jan 27, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Anaheim Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri (21) celebrates his goal with forward Ryan Kesler (17) and forward Rickard Rakell (67) against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (30) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Do not count on Ryan Keslers return to action in the coming days. The Ducks certainly arent.

The rehabilitation process from a major hip surgery done in June has been long and arduous. It appears to be in the final stages as Kesler has been with the Ducks on their current trip, trying to bring himself up to speed so that he can play and become a contributor to their efforts.

It wont be that quick. Kesler has been working regularly with Ducks skating coach Larry Barron, but the potential timetable on a return looks more like it could come once 2018 begins as opposed to the hope for an appearance before or right after the Christmas holiday break.

There was a date at some point and this was a long time ago, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. I dont know how close or how far we are. Hes with us now skating. So hes on the horizon.

On the horizon, of course, is a nebulous term. It could mean a day or two from now. It could mean a couple of weeks or more from now. The fact that Keslers appearance on the trip is a good sign, but the 32-year-old has a lot of hard miles on him and isnt at the point of going full tilt on a daily basis.

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