VANCOUVER — There are things hockey players never say.
“This Stanley Cup ring hurts my finger.”
“It’s nice up here in the press box with the reporters.”
“I hate all this free stuff.”
“Do these hockey pants make my butt look big?”
And, of course: “Darn, I wish the coach played me less.”
No one in the National Hockey League has ever complained about too much ice time.
“Never, no,” Vancouver Canuck captain Henrik Sedin agreed.
So when teammate Ryan Kesler was asked Tuesday about playing 26½ minutes the night before — in a pre-season opener, after being injured for much of the previous two seasons — the centre made the workload sound no more onerous than waxing his abs.
“Honestly, I don’t think I even played that much,” Kesler said after being deployed on the ice for nearly half of the Canucks’ 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. “It felt like I was out there a lot in the first period. But...