Update: Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Kesler's rehab from shoulder and wrist surgeries has taken a turn for the better recently, the Vancouver Sun reports. "His spot isn't going to be vacant for a long period of time," Gillis said. "Ryan's had a really good three weeks, although you never have a definite time table on these things. He's a competitor and I know he wants to play."
Recommendation: There still isn't an official timetable on Kesler's return, but this latest report is much more encouraging than the news that surfaced last week. Kesler has already been ruled out of Saturday's season opener, and his absence will likely be measured in weeks instead of days, but there does seem to be a glimmer of hope that the rugged center will be returning sooner than initially expected.