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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.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
If you thought Edler had a brain-dead season this year — coughing up the puck and playing soft for a man of his tremendous physical abilities — you will be pleased to know that he at least tried to hit somebody in this one. Unfortunately for the Carolina Hurricanes and Eric Staal, it was a ridiculously lame hit on the Canadian forward’s knee in the first period of Thursday’s 3-2 Sweden victory. Edler got a major penalty and was ejected from the game, and rightfully so. Loads of people on Twitter joined the condemnation of the hit.
Staal went down as though he’d had his leg sawed off and if he doesn’t have a serious knee injury that will keep him out a long while, it will be nothing short of a miracle. Edler threw his stick in frustration as he left the ice, and whether he was upset with himself or the call isn’t known. The bonehead play certainly gives Canucks fans pause to ponder just where this guy’s career is going — given he hasn’t made a zot of progress under this coaching staff.
There have been suggestions that general manager Mike Gillis should move Edler before his new no-trade clause kicks in — and suggestions that this won’t be happening, because the organization promised they wouldn’t do that when they convinced him to take a hometown discount to remain with the club. So in all probability, the Canucks will try to keep their reputation as an honourable organization, and keep their word by keeping the player. But they’d better figure out a way to get this kid some help if they ever want to see any benefit from their $30-million investment.
Rob Blake with the explanation.
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
“The law,” as Mr. Bumble so aptly put it in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, “is a ass — a idiot.”
In this case, we are not talking about 17th-century English law, the part that supposed that a man’s wife acted under his direction at all times. (“If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor,” Bumble lamented.)
We are, today, addressing the law of the National Hockey League, under which “direction” is a fluid concept, written in chalk, designed to be heavily underlined and accompanied by a stern finger-wag, or erased, according to the wind direction.
Case in point: Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alex Edler, pursuing a puck behind the Phoenix Coyotes’ net Thursday night, finds goalie Mike Smith is in the process of playing it. Edler barges into him from behind, knocking the goalie flat, touching off a minor brouhaha as the Coyotes, quite reasonably, rush to their ’keeper’s defence.
if you missed the hit last night, watch it here...
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that defenceman Alex Edler will have micro discectomy surgery on his back. Edler will be out of the line-up indefinitely.
“After consultation with our physicians it was decided that surgery was the best course of action,” said Mike Gillis. “The best long term decision for Alex and our hockey club was to have the surgery immediately.”