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by Paul on 07/03/13 at 10:08 AM ET
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
Finding a fit for an Edler trade would have been a lot easier before the no-trade component on his contract kicked in on July 1. That’s why you have to wonder how serious the Canucks really are here. Because just a few days ago, they could have traded him to 29 teams. Now, they have to find a fit where he wants to go.
Vancouver has had some strong offers for Edler and with good reason. He’s 27 years old, has size, and is a lock for 45 points a year. Even in an off year, on a poor power play, Edler scored eight goals in 45 games.
The most alluring part is that he has a lot of room to improve. Even at 27, there is clearly a lot of upside. Could it happen under Tortorella?
Or would the soft-spoken Swede who has dealt with Rick Bowness his entire career struggle to adjust to the in-your-face stylings of the new coach?
For several reasons there is significantly more interest in Edler than there ever was in Cory Schneider.
Blueliners who actually push offence have long been more coveted than goalies. Furthering that interest is his sweetheart deal.
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