Vancouver Canucks sign forward Ryan Kesler to six-year contract extension

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks have locked up forward Ryan Kesler to a US$30-million, six-year contract extension.

The 25-year-old forward was due to become a restricted free agent on July 1 and is now under contract through the 2015-16 season.

Kesler is in the midst of a career season, having already recorded 66 points (21-45) in 71 games.

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He’s spent his entire career in Vancouver after being drafted 23rd overall in 2003.

In 391 career NHL games, the U.S. Olympian has recorded 86 goals and 206 points.

Kesler was a runner-up for the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward last season.