The Canucks have a dilemma within the fingers within the type of Alex Edler.
As Jim Benning sees it, there are three issues to acknowledge when contemplating Alex Edler’s future with the Vancouver Canucks. The defenceman is anticipated to be a sought-after participant forward of the Feb. 25 commerce deadline.
First, there’s the no-trade clause that he holds on this, the ultimate 12 months of a six-year deal that carries a cap hit of $5 million.
“If he decides (to not waive), then he’s not going anyplace,” Benning acknowledged Thursday in dialog with Postmedia. “That’s his proper.”
Second, a workforce has to need him.
“Final 12 months, a workforce referred to as about him, however they’d him fifth on their listing they usually received their number-one man, so we by no means heard again from them,” Benning mentioned.
Benning wouldn’t say if he has had any calls on Edler not too long ago, however given previous expertise, it appears honest to imagine that there will likely be within the coming weeks.
And third, there’s his worth to the workforce.
“He’s a useful participant for us. He’s been good for our younger gamers.”
Edler has been deployed because the Canucks’ lead defenceman, enjoying on the ability play, the penalty kill, and on the highest pairing with Chris Tanev at even power.
His defensive play this season has been a vibrant spot on a squad that has had loads of predictable struggles this season.
With the Canucks nonetheless within the playoff hunt, it’s clear that their place within the standings can also be going to be an element, even when Benning didn’t say so in so many phrases.
Benning mentioned he anticipated he would meet with Edler and his agent early subsequent week to start out speaking about what Edler’s emotions had been about his future.
Edler has been reticent to debate his future, nevertheless it’s all the time been assumed his choice is to stay in Vancouver — his agent mentioned as a lot final fall.