As we inch closer to the National Hockey League trade deadline, many teams will have to make a decision on whether they will be buyers or sellers. For the Vancouver Canucks, the answer is obvious. How much do they want to sell off a roster which has exceeded expectations due to the arrival of future Calder Memorial Trophy winner Elias Pettersson? There is one question that is dividing the fan base this close to the February 26th deadline, and that is: “What should the Canucks do with Alexander Edler?”
What should the Canucks do with Edler?
Alexander Edler, drafted in the third round (91st overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, has been a full-time Vancouver Canuck since the 2007-2008 season. He put up eight goals and 20 points in 75 games that year as a rookie. Edler is on pace for his best offensive season since he put up 49 points in 2011-2012. He’s doing it all at the age of 32, which is when a player normally hits a decline. His career so far has earned him his spot as one of the best defensemen in Vancouver Canucks history. The leader in games played and points for blue-liners all-time, he keeps adding to that legacy every time he steps out on the ice.
In the last year of a six-year, $30 million dollar contract he signed in 2013, it could be time to move on from Edler. With the team still years away from being a Stanley Cup contender, the assets they receive could be beneficial. The problem is that he has a No Movement Clause, which prevents him from being traded without waiving it. He loves the city of Vancouver so much that he has stated he does not want to leave. That may mean he could turn down a chance to join a team with real cup dreams for a run this spring.