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Report: Edler to miss first two games of Olympics

Jul 29, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT

Alex Edler AP

It sounds as if Team Sweden will be minus one of its top defensemen for the first two games of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Mark Stowe, the agent for the Canucks’ Alex Edler, tells News 1130 Sports in Vancouver that his client met with the IIHF over the weekend and that the ruling should be made official soon.

The two games come in addition to the suspension Edler received for his knee-on-knee hit on Eric Staal in a game between Sweden and Canada at the 2013 World Championships this spring.

It’s unlikely the suspension will have a significant effect on Sweden’s chances at the Olympics. Minus Edler, the country remains deep on defense with the likes of Erik Karlsson, Niklas Kronwall, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The Swedes are also in a relatively easy group, with the Czech Republic, Latvia and Switzerland.

There’s some speculation the Swedes will opt to leave Edler off the roster entirely, but that seems unlikely to us.

  1. r4n6er - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Is it strange to see the punishment carry over from one series to another? Would the NHL suspend a player based on what they did in the Olympics?

    • Jason Brough - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      Don’t think so. NHL sanctions NHL games; IIHF sanctions Worlds and Olympics.
      That being said, it’s been considered in the past:

      • r4n6er - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Interesting article. It would be nice if Shanny could show this amount of consideration with regards to punishments.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      This additional penalty is unnecessary. The guy already did his time during the WC…. anyways, I hope Edler gets the cobwebs cleared from his brain and that Torts and company are able to work their magic on getting his game where it should be.

  2. sergeikremlin - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    So Edler will miss round robin games vs Czech Republic and Switzerland. I think Sweden can survive without him for those games and he will be a big powerplay piece for them the rest of the way

  3. micasa81 - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Edler should probably consider himself lucky. I hope this proves to be a one-off and he gets back to playing clean hockey. Not that there’s ever an excuse to make a knee on knee hit like that, but I think it shows he’s still struggling with his moment to moment decision making, something that Canuck fans witnessed all too often this last season.

  4. kitshky - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Fair enough.

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