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Canucks to begin extension talks with Edler

Aug 17, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

Alex Edler AP

It doesn’t appear labor uncertainty will keep the Canucks from doing their business.

Shortly after learning talks were underway with winger Alex Burrows on an extension, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports the club will soon begin negotiations on a new deal with defenseman Alex Edler.

“It is safe to assume we will be commencing discussions with Alex’s representative [agent Mark Stowe] in a short period of time,” Canucks assistant GM Gilman told Ziemer.

Edler’s heading into the final year of a four-year, $13 million deal that pays $3.25 million annually — the fifth-highest cap hit among Vancouver defensemen behind Kevin Bieksa and Jason Garrison ($4.6 million each), Dan Hamhuis ($4.5 million) and Keith Ballard ($4.2 million).

Given that Edler led all Canucks defensemen with a career-high 11 goals and 49 points last season, that pay scale could soon change.

The 26-year-old Swede is the youngest of the aforementioned five blueliners and finished tied for 13th in Norris voting this year with Chicago’s Duncan Keith, Phoenix’s Keith Yandle and Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien.

It’s possible Edler could be eying the five-year, $28.75 million deal fellow Swedish defenseman Tobias Enstrom (27 years old) inked with the Jets a couple of weeks ago.

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  1. pgpcbuild - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    “Vancouver reportedly looking at a “no more drop passes to the opposing team” clause in the contract. ”

    Yeah ok reporter, just looking for people to read your article right? And you know how “touchy” Cnaucks fans are. Well…well played.

    Here, why don’t you watch this:

    ‘Nuff said.

    • loinstache - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:19 PM

      Considering Mike wrote for a Canucks blog before this one it’s safe to say it was light jesting on Droppass McGlasstick.

  2. elvispocomo - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    They’re trying to bring down his price, not jack it up! That play doesn’t help the Canucks in negotiations, even if Columbus did part like the red sea for Moses.

  3. DTF31 - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Hopefully contract talks get that Norris form in display more than whatever it is he plays the other half of the season as

  4. sergeikremlin - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    That $7.5 M Suter contract must be looking pretty good to Edler’s agent, especially when you compare Edler’s 11 goals and 49 points to Suter’s 7 goals and 46 points last season.

    Absolutely no question Edler could garner 6-7 M on the open market, if not more.

    The real question is will he take the Canuck discount (likely $4.7 – $5 M) or go and get paid? I’m sure the Wings & Flyers, among many others, would be opening up the cheque book in a hurry next summer.

  5. blomfeld - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Kom igen da Alex !

    Du ar en fantastisk is hockey spelare och du “rock” kompis !

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