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Kesler says talk of Canucks’ decline is '(expletive)’

Ryan Kesler

Vancouver Canucks’ Ryan Kesler appears during hockey practice, Tuesday May 31, 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Canucks will face the Boston Bruins in the NHL Stanley Cup Final. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)


Ryan Kesler doesn’t think the Vancouver Canucks are on the decline. In fact, he swears they’re not. (Three times, by our count.)

“To be honest, I don’t listen to that s***,” said Kesler Friday, per The Province.

“That’s what it is. It’s s***. We believe in ourselves in the dressing room. All those negative comments we’re not even going to...

“To be honest, I shouldn’t have even answered that question. It’s s***.”

In the wake of two straight first-round playoff losses, the Canucks have a lot to prove in 2013-14.

“That’s just going to spark more fire,” said Kesler, referring to all the doubters out there.

Related: Kesler on Torts: ‘I want to be told what I’m doing right and wrong’