Canucks Alex Edler with Hawks Ryan JohnsonThere was a trade that the Canucks should have made back in 2013

somewhat like the recent P.K. Subban one. I’m speaking here about Alex Edler.

Canucks had a window in that summer before his No-Trade-Clause kicked in on July 1. Truth be known, Mike Gillis tried to move Edler before that date with the Red Wings having the most interest. Suffice to say it didn’t happen.

Here is a player that when drafted in the third round, number 91 overall, management had high expectations. It just never came to fruition. Alex Edler never did become that Norris Trophy candidate caliber defenseman that the team so desperately needed.

Having turned 30 in April of this year he is on the downside of his career and his point totals support that. Since the height of 49 in 2011-12 they have continued to fall in the following seasons to 22, 22, 30, and 20.

Alex Edlers’ durability also reflects his point totals, since 2011-12 was the last season he played 82 games. What followed was 45, 63, 74, and last season 52 as his injuries piled up. All for the price of $5 million per for the next three seasons.

During Mike Gillis time he signed a lot of bad contracts that continue to strangle this team. This is one of them.

LENGTH: 6 YEARS
EXPIRY STATUS: UFA
SIGNING TEAM: Vancouver Canucks
VALUE: $30,000,000
SIGNING DATE: January 18, 2013
SOURCE: CapGeek
SEASON CLAUSE CAP HIT AAV S. BONUSES P. BONUSES NHL SALARY AHL SALARY
2013-14 NTC $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 $3,250,000 $3,250,000
2014-15 NTC $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $2,000,000 $0 $4,250,000 $4,250,000
2015-16 NTC $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $3,000,000 $0 $6,000,000 $6,000,000
2016-17 NTC $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $3,000,000 $0 $6,000,000 $6,000,000
2017-18 NTC $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $0 $0 $6,000,000 $6,000,000
2018-19 NTC $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $0 $0 $4,500,000 $4,500,000

Included with this contract

was signing bonuses of $9 million. These amounts are in the NHL salary column.

Alex Edler has shown promises where he played like All-World but he never was consistent. All to often he never used his 6’3″, 220 lb. frame to his advantage.

His stick-checking always took him out of position as forwards went around him. He never seemed to have that temperament to consistently play – physical.

I always said the best Canucks defenseman would have been Kevin Bieksa in – Alex Edlers’ body.

Alex Edler has ended up on the number one shut-down pairing with Chris Tanev. All you have to do is look at Edler’s improved play since paired with Tanev to understand – the why. This will change in time – possibly this season.

There are a number of players that could take over Edler’s spot. Ben Hutton jumps out at me, along with raw, physical, Nikita Tryamkin. Then what?

How do you trade Alex Edler’s contract without taking back some of the money?

The longer he’s here and older Alex Edler becomes, the more likelihood he ends up staying put. If the advancement of Hutton or Tyamkin continue, this season at trade deadline would be the time to shed that contract.

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Ice Bits

This Evander Kane story just seems to carry-on. The sworn depositions, obtained by The Buffalo News’ come from four people who filed complaints. A bouncer and three women.

The picture they paint is one of aggressive physicality. After Kane’s court date on August 1, this may trigger the speculated trade.

NHL.com’s Kevin Woodley feels that Canucks’ Thatcher Demko’s mobility improved noticably after last summers hip surgery. Canucks goaltending coach Dan Cloutier said, “His flexibility is better. He can make those desperation saves now.”

Cloutier said the Canucks will not rush their top puck-stopping prospect. 

Current team’s cap space that are close to maximum.

Team Cap space over/under
Detroit 0 $4.2M over
Montreal $855K
Toronto $1.6M
Philadelphia $1.8M
Pittsburgh 0 $2.7M over
Chicago $2.4
San Jose $995K
Vancouver $2.7M

Detroit and Pittsburgh will have to trade someone before the season begins. Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia, and San Jose may also look at improving their position. 

Also, there will be injuries from the World Cup and although teams can get LTIR, they still need the money to sign another player. 

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