Losers of two straight games and five of their last seven, the Vancouver Canucks lost off the ice Wednesday when it was revealed that centre Ryan Kesler has a fractured right foot and is sidelined until further notice.

Canuck head coach Alain Vigneault was uncertain how long Kesler will be out but told reporters following practice he assumed it would be “for a while.” Kesler missed the first 12 games this season as he recovered from shoulder and wrist surgeries. He played the last seven and had five points, including a nice assist Tuesday on Jason Garrison's goal.

“We don't know how long it is yet and as soon as we find out, we'll share it with you,” Vigneault said. “Any fracture is usually 4-6 weeks depending on the nature of the fracture. Some are less, hairline fractures or whatever. So I haven't gotten any length from our doctors how long this one is going to be.”

Kesler was hurt blocking a shot Feb. 15 against Dallas, his first game back after rehabbing his off-season shoulder and wrist injuries. Two X-rays proved negative so he continued playing. A CT Scan Wednesday morning discovered the fracture. Kesler was later seen at Rogers Arena walking in a boot. He was not made available for comment.

“Obviously Ryan has blocked a few shots since he's been back and that foot had taken two X-rays,” Vigneault explained. “He'd been playing and, other than some discomfort, he was handling it well. He was doing all the off ice work. Yesterday, he came in and told the doctor that he still felt a little discomfort so, just to have piece of mind, they decided to do a CT Scan and obviously we didn't get the results that we anticipated since he'd been playing and doing everything else.”

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