So the last time I talked about a Canuck player’s Twitter account, he wound up having to delete it, and I made my first enemy within the NHLPA. With that in mind, before I go any further, can we please, please, just make sure that doesn’t happen this time? Okay, good.

 

The Canucks announced today that Ryan Kesler underwent successful surgery to repair a labral tear that he suffered during game five of the Western Conference Final. You probably remember exactly what happened. Racing Dan Boyle for a puck, the entire lower half of Kesler’s torso exploded and his leg fell off. Then, he went to the dressing room, fashioned a new leg out of hockey sticks and tape, soldered it to his hipbone and returned, only to score the game-tying goal with thirteen seconds to go. Or at least that’s how fathers everywhere explained it to their kids.

Anyhow. Kesler’s recovery time is 10-12 weeks, meaning the Canucks will be without his services until November, at the earliest. (We’ll have more on what this means for Cody Hodgson later. But here’s a hint: his dark times may again have passed.) In the meantime, Kesler will have to spend a lot of time off his feet, which means he’ll have plenty of time to practice his tweeting. We’ve been critical of it in the past, and we haven’t been the only ones. Yesterday, after a particularly uninteresting tweet, Kesler got an earful from aggrieved follower @plunderinghawk, who snapped: you tweet once every week and this is what u give ur fans. take a page from @biznasty2point0.

Granted, Kesler doesn’t owe it to anybody — especially this guy — to make his Twitter account more interesting, and he’s likely incapable of making it as interesting as BizNasty’s (for instance, because he’s married), but Kesler takes Twiticism, like everything else, very, very seriously.

So he responded: hahaha sorry I got two kids and a family to look after I’ll try and treat more. How nice. An honest declaration that he’ll try to increase his TPW (tweets per week). But, instead of being encouraged (so long as he stays below @brucearthur’s astronomical TPW, any increase is fine with me) fans ripped him for tweeting “treat” instead of “tweet”.

No wonder Mike Duco deleted his Twitter account.

Anyway. Kesler had a little fun later on when he referenced TreatGate with this tweet:

 

Awesome. Not only did Kesler prove @plunderinghawk wrong (100 tweets divided by 52 weeks means he tweets twice a week, stupid), but he threw a little snark back at the spelling bee champions who expect him to entertain them flawlessly off the ice, as well as on.

This is, unless Kesler meant this tweet literally, as depicted in this comic by Chloe Ezra:

Seriously, who knew Kesler liked tweed so much? Only the photographer at his Firstar Sports shoot, who had to talk him out of that LL Bean blazer.

 

 

 

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7 comments

  1. BECanucks
    August 2, 2011

    Iphone autocorrect FTW ;-)
    And I spend way way way too much time on twitter and PiTB!
    You know you’re addictive, don’t you?

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  2. Sach
    August 2, 2011

    These comics are just adorable. Kudos to the artist XD

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  3. J21
    August 3, 2011

    Always nervous about a guy missing training camp, because it seems to really, really matter. The thought that the rustiness for Kesler and (especially) Raymond won’t last well past their return date is wishful thinking — I expect the Canucks will have some pretty serious scoring woes through much of the season. I just hope the Northwest stays pretty uncompetitive, otherwise the Canucks could find themselves in a 2010-11 Blackhawks type position.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      August 3, 2011

      Agreed. One gets the sense that, if training camp didn’t matter, they wouldn’t have it.

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  4. JS Topher
    August 3, 2011

    On the upside, we could likely see a well rested Kesler and Raymond for the last half of the season!

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    • JS Topher
      August 3, 2011

      AND with that, Gillis’ problems are now solved… He doesn’t need to find a big scoring winger to play with Kesler… not until at LEAST November!

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      • J21
        August 4, 2011

        Heh, one of those “at least we don’t have to worry about snubbing Cody Hodgson by not putting his name on the Cup” problems.

        [Starts crying]

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