Ryan Kesler cleared for contact

Updated: October 6, 2011, 2:23 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Ryan Kesler has been cleared for contact for the first time since having hip surgery a little more than two months ago, the Vancouver Canucks announced Wednesday.

Kesler practiced with the team on the eve of Vancouver's season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but there is still no timetable for his return.

"It was good. It's another step. It's a step in the right direction. I felt good out there," Kesler said after practice Wednesday.

The forward had surgery in early ...

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