Linden: Canucks not interested in moving D Edler

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6/4/2014 11:29:22 AM
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It appears that Alex Edler is going to remain with the Vancouver Canucks for the foreseeable future.

Speaking at an event in Ottawa on Tuesday, Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden said that the Canucks aren't planning to ask the defenceman to waive his no-trade clause.

According to The Vancouver Province, the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers may have interest in the 28-year-old blueliner.

"He's got all the tools to be a dominant No. 1 defenceman," Linden told the paper. "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."

Edler struggled in 2013-14 after signing a six-year, $30 million contract with the Canucks prior the season. He was minus-39 with seven goals and 15 assists in 63 games and missed 16 games due to a lower-body injury.

Linden said that the team knows it has an asset in Edler and is looking forward to better things from him.

"There isn't a team in the league that wouldn't have its hand up for the opportunity to have an Alex Edler," he explained. "(Trading him) is not in our consideration. We want to work with Alex; we have to get his game back, and I know he's committed to doing that."

For his part, Edler is up to improving heading into next season.

"I'm at my best when I don't think too much and just react out there and trust my instincts," Edler told the Province. "That's something I have to get back to next year.

"There were a lot of changes this year and a lot of new things to get used to. I didn't have the year that I should have had, but I know I'm a good player. I'm going to have to come back next year and do a better job at being better every game and being more consistent."

Alex Edler (Photo: Rich Lam/Getty Images)


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