The Canucks are paying some tolls for their long playoff run.

The latest was revealed Tuesday when it was announced Ryan Kesler had arthroscopic hip surgery a week ago.

He may not be ready for the start of the season, but could be playing within 10 to 12 weeks. The Canucks' NHL season opens here Oct. 6 against the Penguins.

Kesler joins a list of players recovering from relatively-serious surgical procedures, including Dan Hamhuis, Mason Raymond and Mikael Samuelsson. These are some significant

injuries which could impact how the Canucks start the season.

The question, however, in Kesler's case is: ''What took so long?''

Everyone saw the play where it's believed Kesler tore his labrum. He was forechecking in the second period of Game 5 against San Jose, the double overtime win which sent the Canucks to the Stanley Cup final.

Kesler came up lame, unable to put weight on his left leg. He limped off the ice, and was helped to the dressing room. He did return to dramatically score the game-tying goal with 14 seconds left. Up to that point, he was a leading candidate for the Conn Smythe award. He had carried the team for significant stretches of the playoffs. But he was never the same. Turns out, there was good reason. He was playing through a labrum tear in his hip which made it feel like, at times, he was on one leg.