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Kesler was to be restricted free agent

Updated: March 19, 2010, 1:57 PM ET
Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Canucks center Ryan Kesler signed a six-year, $30 million contract extension Friday that will keep him in Vancouver through the 2015-16 season.

In his sixth season with the Canucks, the 25-year-old Kesler already has set a new career high with 66 points in 71 games, exceeding the 59 points he recorded last season, when he was a Selke Trophy finalist as the NHL's top defensive forward.

"Ryan Kesler has excelled as a two-way player and in his role as an ...

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