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Report: Canucks are listening to offers for Alex Edler

Jun 30, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

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While their goaltending situation remains the primary soap opera, the Vancouver Canucks appear willing to look at additional ways to clear up cap space. Apparently that could mean trading defenseman Alexander Edler.

TSN reporters Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger mentioned that teams are “intrigued” about the 27-year-old defenseman, although Dreger notes that the price would be high.

McKenzie explains why the timing might be right for the Canucks, as Edler’s new contract (and thus, his no-trade clause) is about to kick in.

(Let’s all cringe in advance at the jokes that will sprout up thanks to the created verb “Carter-ed.”)

Edler’s six-year deal expires after the 2018-19 season and is worth $30 million overall. While the team would probably prefer to trade another blueliner such as Keith Ballard, Edler is likely to fetch the best return among the team’s defensemen.

Of course, there’s a big difference between listening to offers and actively entertaining them. Still, this could be one of several interesting storylines to watch during draft day that might not really involve prospects.

  1. 11blueshirts11 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Mike gillis, glen sather is on the phone

    • imleftcoast - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Cory Schneider has gone to the Devils.

  2. 19to77 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Problem with Gillis is he always wants a king’s ransom for his players and arrogantly dismisses everything he thinks isn’t good enough. Edler will still be a Canuck by the time his trade protection kicks in, and it will be Gillis’ own fault a deal couldn’t get done.

    • snak10 - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      and you know this how???

  3. r4n6er - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    If a deal happens with Edler or Schneider I think that Vancouver can say goodbye to all the hometown discounts that players have been giving the organization. It’s not like Edler would have to play 1 year somewhere and hit the market again, he would be stuck (for his prime) wherever GM MG sent him. I don’t know about you but I’d be pretty mad.

  4. vanindeed - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Report: Canucks may not know what their doing

    • ikillchicken - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      *they’re

  5. 19to77 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    One of these days, a “Report:” article will be posted about Mike Gillis being fired. ‘Till then, the Canucks will continue to spiral downhill.

  6. shanesander - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Ballard and Booth were supposed to be bought out to give them $8.5M in cap space. Luongo for anything gives them around $14M in cap space. Pretty clear what is the obvious route yet Gillis tries to oversell the value of his assets, it’s his agent side coming out which makes him ineffective as a GM

    • cupsaredone - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Booth can’t get bought out because he’s not medically cleared still following his season-ending ankle-sprain. Word also seems to be that the Aquilinis are hesitant to pay the price for a Luongo buyout, and possibly even a Ballard buyout. If that is indeed the case then listening to offers for Schneids & Edler just makes sense. I think Schneider is an excellent goaltender, but if he can ask for the moon stars (1st rounder, 2nd rounder & top prospect) and ends up getting part or most of that, while still having an elite goaltender left, then that is not evidence of Gillis being an idiot or missing the obvious move.

  7. ray2013 - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I know MG is an idiot, but it’s not like the Canucks are going to get top 6 players and prospects for Lu and Ballard.

    They need to re-make the team a bit, especially given the new division and a new coach. And the fact they just got swept. The smart play is to trade the assets with the most value to other teams, and that’s Schneider and Edler.

  8. shanesander - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    their 2 of the better players on the team, sometimes it’s best to just liquidize your lesser assets for whatever to move on (Luongo, Ballard, Booth)

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