Kesler's new deal worth a reported $1.9 million

Updated: September 14, 2006, 7:57 PM ET
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After GM Bob Clarke and the Flyers threw an offer sheet at Ryan Kesler, the Canucks quickly responded.

Vancouver re-signed the 22-year-old center to a new deal after many within the NHL were baffled by Clarke's move to give Kesler an offer sheet. Some suggested Clarke shouldn't have awarded the offer sheet since Vancouver would match it, driving up the value of Kesler, who only had 10 goals last season.

The team had seven days to match the offer, which was reported by The Sports Network of Canada to be $1.9 million.

A restricted free agent, Kesler added 13 assists to his 10 goals over 82 games with the Canucks last season, his first full campaign in the NHL.

Vancouver's first-round pick in 2003, Kesler has 12 goals and 16 assists in 110 career games with the Canucks.

Clarke, meanwhile, seemed to take exception to the disparaging remarks he received over the past few days for signing Kesler to an offer sheet. In a telephone interview with TSN, he said he could "care less" if people don't like him.

"I don't give a [expletive] if nobody likes me, I could care less," Clarke told TSN. "But they shouldn't be getting mad at me, I didn't put the [offer sheet] rule in the collective bargaining agreement. If they're mad, they should call Gary Bettman and complain to him. Get mad at Gary Bettman. He's in charge of the rules, not me. I didn't realize there were some rules we're not allowed to use."

Information from SportsTicker was used in this report.

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