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

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Vancouver Canucks\' Ryan Kesler, centre, celebrates his goal with Alexander Edler, left, of Sweden, and Christian Ehrhoff, of Germany, during first period NHL action in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday March 18, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck Author: The Hockey News

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

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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.

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.

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