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Alexander Edler | Defenseman

Team: Vancouver Canucks
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/21/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
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Canucks President of hockey operations Trevor Linden, says that Alexander Edler is a vital part of the Canucks franchise.
Edler's name has been mentioned in a possible trade for Ryan O'Reilly but Linden stopped those rumors. "Alex is a foundational player for us," Linden said. "He’s a 25-minute, all-situation defenseman that every team is looking for. We haven’t had any trade discussion involving Alex. He’s going to be a cornerstone for our organization moving forward. Alex is having a real good season. He’s a big, strong, physical guy who can match up against anybody’s top line. He’s good in his own end, he’s a good puck-mover, has a big shot. That’s the type of guy you look for. Having him bounce back has been critical to our success this year." Edler has five goals and 15 points this season but has made a huge improvement in plus/minus as he is plus-seven thus far after a minus-39 rating last season, the worst in the NHL. Jan 24 - 9:03 AM

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Alexander Edler was the lone goal scorer for Vancouver in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the league-leading Nashville Predators.

Elder's fifth tally of the campaign seemed to be an important one as it cut Nashville's lead to 2-1, but the Canucks never got any closer, falling by a final score of 5-1. Chris Tanev and Linden Vey picked up assists on the lone marker.
Jan 14 - 12:28 AM

Alexander Edler played a game-high 28:53 in Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Dallas.

The Canucks leaned heavily on Edler, but he finished the game with a minus-2 rating (Dallas' second goal was scored into an empty net). The 28-year-old also played big minutes on special teams. He logged 6:05 of ice time on the power play and 2:33 shorthanded. Edler has three goals and nine points in 31 games this season.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 01:04:00 AM

Alexander Edler is a plus-five this season.

For all the poolies who resisted taking him after his NHL worst minus-39 rating in 2013-14, the blueliner has come back with a vengeance this season and has three goals and eight points in 23 games. While he has had a couple of 40-plus point seasons in his career, he should get 30-35 this season if he remains healthy.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 11:10:00 AM

Alexander Edler scored a goal in Vancouver's 3-2 win over San Jose.

Edler is on a modest three-game point streak. He has three goals and seven points in 14 games in 2014-15.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 10:57:00 AM

Alexander Edler scored Vancouver's only goal in their 3-1 loss to Nashville on Sunday.

Edler opened the scoring on the power play, but the Predators followed that up by scoring three unanswered goals in the game. The 28-year-old is an important part of the Canucks' blue line. He now has two goals and five points and is a plus-4 so far this season.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 12:17:00 AM

Alexander Edler is a plus-two this season after being a league-worst minus-39 in 2013-14.

Edler was plus-two on Friday in a 7-3 loss to Colorado and picked up an assist to give him three helpers and four points in seven games. It looks like Edler has turned the corner and has once again become a fantasy asset.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 10:39:00 AM

Alex Edler potted a goal and added an assist in the Canucks’ 4-2 loss to the Lightning on Saturday night.

Edler now has three points in four games. As long as he stays healthy, he should put up around 40 points this season. Chris Higgins scored the other goal. Kevin Bieksa, Nick Bonino and Daniel Sedin picked up the assists.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 01:22:00 AM

Alex Edler looked excellent as he led the team in scoring with a goal and an assist in Thursday night's 2-1 victory over Edmonton.

He assisted on Nick Bonino's weird goal to tie it midway through the game, and then followed up the rush to score from the slot for the eventual winner four minutes later. Edler skated 21:11, including 2:40 on the powerplay and 2:50 on the kill.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 03:16:00 AM

Alex Edler left the Canucks first exhibition game in the first period with an "upper body" injury and did not return.

Edler left less than 10 minutes into the game after taking a Sharks clearing attempt in the face. Elder was seen spitting out blood as he left the game. It's highly likely he was kept out of the game for precaution as this is the first preseason game of the year.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:49:00 PM

Alex Edler had to leave the Canucks' preseason opener with the Sharks after taking a puck to the face less than 10 minutes into the first period.

The play looked harmless enough as Edler was pinching in at the point, but he was unfortunate to have a clearing attempt at close range deflect into his face. Edler was seen spitting out blood as he left the ice. He is questionable to return.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 09:30:00 PM

The biggest problem that Alexander Edler had last season was that he was forced to move from the left side to the right.

Edler really suffered last season moving to the right side of the blueline and it showed up in his lack of points and an NHL worst minus-39 rating. The Canucks still have four left-handed shots among their top-six defensemen so Edler is certainly hoping that it's not him that has to move over. Look for Edler to get 35-40 points in 2014-15 if he gets to return to the left side.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Vancouver president of hockey operations Trevor Linden said that the Canucks aren't planning to ask Alexander Edler to waive his no-trade clause.

"He's got all the tools to be a dominant No. 1 defenseman," Linden said. "He'd be the first to admit he didn't have a good year, and part of our job is to recapture the Alex Edler that we all know he can be. He has the skill-set that every team wants and we just have to get him back where he should be." He posted a mere seven goals, 22 points and an abysmal minus-39 rating in 63 games this past season.
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 12:56:00 PM

Alexander Edler is no stranger to trade rumors.

He still has five years remaining on a six-year, $30 million contract and is coming off a very disappointing season. Edler registered seven goals, 22 points and a career-low minus-39 rating in 63 games. According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, the Red Wings are very interested in acquiring Edler.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 06:44:00 PM

Alexander Edler was a minus-two on Saturday and is now a minus-38 on the season.

Edler is tied for the worst mark in the league with Steve Ott of the Blues who spent most of the season with Buffalo. Edler has a chance to move either way as the Canucks take on Calgary on Sunday in the final game of the season.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 09:50:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Henrik Sedin
2Nick Bonino
3Shawn Matthias
4Bo Horvat
5Brad Richardson
LW1Daniel Sedin
2Alex Burrows
3Chris Higgins
RW1Radim Vrbata
2Jannik Hansen
3Derek Dorsett
4Linden Vey
5Zack Kassian
D1Alexander Edler
2Kevin Bieksa
3Dan Hamhuis
4Luca Sbisa
5Chris Tanev
6Yannick Weber
7Ryan Stanton
8Alex Biega
9Adam Clendening
10Frank Corrado
G1Ryan Miller
2Eddie Lack