|Assets:||An excellent physical package, he owns an imposing frame, smooth fundamentals and all-round acumen. Can play on the power play, where he displays poise, composure and a heavy point shot. Excels in one-on-one situations.|
|Flaws:||Is still a little inconsistent in his own zone, and prone to gaffes every now and then. His physical game has improved greatly, but it isn't consistent. Offensively, he's not as silky-smooth as a natural power-play quarterback.|
|Career Potential:||All-round big-minute defenseman.|
|NHL||Played in the NHL YoungStars Game||2007-08|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||2011-12|
|Olympic||Olympic Silver Medal||2014 (Sweden)|
|3/05/2015||Missed 8 games (lower body injury).|
|2/19/2015||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|2/16/2015||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/13/2014||Missed 16 games (lower body injury).|
|12/09/2013||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|12/05/2013||Lower body injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|10/11/2013||Suspended by the NHL for 3 games.|
|3/26/2013||Missed 2 games (suspended by nhl).|
|3/22/2013||Suspended by the NHL for 2 games.|
|1/18/2013||Signed by the Vancouver Canucks to a six-year contract extension.|
|4/07/2011||Missed 31 games (back surgery).|
|2/01/2011||Back surgery, injured reserve.|
|1/26/2011||Back spasms, day-to-day.|
|12/22/2009||Missed 6 games (left arm injury).|
|12/10/2009||Left arm injury, late December.|
|11/19/2008||Missed 2 games (flu).|
|10/10/2008||Signed by the Vancouver Canucks to a four-year contract extension.|
|10/15/2007||Recalled from Manitoba (AHL).|
|10/10/2007||Missed 2 games (hip injury) and assigned to Manitoba (AHL).|
|10/04/2007||Hip injury, day-to-day.|
|5/02/2007||Assigned to Manitoba (AHL).|
|4/08/2007||Recalled from Manitoba (AHL).|
|3/27/2007||Assigned to Manitoba (AHL).|
|3/18/2007||Recalled from Manitoba (AHL).|
|2/12/2007||Assigned to Manitoba (AHL).|
|2/07/2007||Recalled from Manitoba (AHL).|
|1/20/2007||Assigned to Manitoba (AHL).|
|1/10/2007||Recalled from Manitoba (AHL).|
|12/14/2006||Assigned to Manitoba (AHL).|
|11/24/2006||Recalled from Manitoba (AHL).|
|11/15/2006||Assigned to Manitoba (AHL).|
|11/03/2006||Recalled from Manitoba (AHL).|
|9/28/2006||Assigned to Manitoba (AHL).|
|7/24/2006||Re-signed by the Vancouver Canucks.|
|9/18/2005||Returned to his junior team (Kelowna-WHL).|
|6/26/2004||Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 3rd round (91st overall) in 2004.|
Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler scored the game-winning goal in Vancouver's, 3-1, victory over the Coyotes on Sunday. | 03/22/2015 10:38 PM
NewsCanucks defenseman Alexander Edler scored the game-winning goal in Vancouver's, 3-1, victory over the Coyotes on Sunday.
ImpactEdler scored on the power play at the 16:47 mark of the third period to break the, 1-1, tie. Henrik Sedin added an empty net goal as insurance. Edler led the team with five shots on net. He has seven goals and 14 assists in 64 games this season.
Canucks likely to keep Alexander Edler | 06/05/2014 12:56 PM
NewsVancouver president of hockey operations Trevor Linden said that the Canucks aren't planning to ask Alexander Edler to waive his no-trade clause.
Impact"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.
Report: Wings interested in Alexander Edler | 06/02/2014 6:44 PM
NewsAlexander Edler is no stranger to trade rumors.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactHe 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.
Alexander Edler a minus-two Saturday | 04/13/2014 9:50 AM
NewsAlexander Edler was a minus-two on Saturday and is now a minus-38 on the season.
ImpactEdler 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.
Alexander Edler heading in wrong direction | 03/30/2014 8:28 AM
NewsAlexander was minus-two on Saturday and is now at minus-32 for the season.
ImpactEdler is now tied for the second worst plus/minus in the NHL with Alex Ovechkin, just one ahead of Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers. Edler is having a dreadful fantasy season with his plus/minus but his lack of scoring as he has only six goals and 19 points in 57 games, gives him negative value in traditional pools.
Alexander Edler finds back of net Wednesday | 03/20/2014 10:54 AM
NewsAlexander Edler scored a power-play goal in Vancouver's 2-0 victory on Wednesday.
ImpactEdler is now on a three-game point streak. He has six goals and 19 points in 53 games this season.
Alex Edler begins serving Olympic suspension | 02/12/2014 12:07 PM
NewsJust a reminder, Alexander Edler still has to serve a two-game suspension to start the Olympic Games.
ImpactHe is scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Czech Republic as a result. Edler received the ban from the International Ice Hockey Federation Disciplinary Committee for a knee-on-knee hit on Canada's Eric Staal during the 2013 World Championship.
Alex Edler will draw trade interest, TSN says | 02/01/2014 11:58 AM
NewsVancouver defenseman Alexander Edler will attract interest in trade talks this season, TSN's Pierre LeBrun suggests.
Impact"It's time to retool and reset in Vancouver after all these years of contending," LeBrun says. "It's all about youth and other than the Sedin twins, I think all bets are off for almost any other player on that roster. Alexander Edler on defense will get a lot of interest probably after the Olympics. Interesting times ahead, in my opinion, in Vancouver."
Alexander Edler will suit up on Monday | 01/13/2014 4:45 PM
NewsAlexander Edler will return from his knee injury on Monday night against Los Angeles.
ImpactHe has been absent from Vancouver's last 16 games and his return should help bolster the team's back end. "I think some defensemen have played a lot of minutes with the injuries we have had there and it's mounted," coach John Tortorella said. "Eds will give us some minutes and we have to be a harder team to play against in the offensive zone, in their blue, forechecking and having the puck more." Edler will be looking to get back on track from a disappointing start to the year. He had nine points and a minus-12 rating in 27 games prior to getting injured.
Alexander Edler could return on Monday | 01/13/2014 9:11 AM
NewsAlexander Edler (knee) could return to the Vancouver lineup on Monday.
ImpactEdler participated in a full practice on Sunday and could be back in the Canucks lineup for the first time since December 3. He is not having a good season with nine points and a minus-12 rating in 27 games but if he is on, he will be a big boost for the Canucks.
Alexander Edler may be close to playing again | 01/11/2014 1:15 PM
NewsAlexander Edler might be close to returning from his knee injury.
ImpactHe participated in Thursday's practice with the main group and not the walking wounded, so that's a positive sign. There hasn't been much news with regard to his status. Edler hasn't played since Dec. 3.
Alexander Edler (knee) skates Monday | 12/30/2013 6:27 PM
NewsAlexander Edler (knee) skated on Monday.
ImpactThere hasn't been much word on his status and it's unclear when he'll be available to return. Edler hasn't played since Dec. 3 and his 2013-14 season didn't get off to a good start with nine points and a minus-12 rating over 27 games.
Alexander Edler 'out indefinitely' due to LBI | 12/05/2013 4:37 PM
NewsAlexander Edler (lower body) won't play Friday and he's out indefinitely pending further evaluation.
ImpactHe appeared to injure his right knee in Tuesday's game at Nashville. Edler has struggled out of the gate this season with only nine points and a minus-12 rating. His spot in the lineup will be occupied by Andrew Alberts for the time being.
Alexander Edler (lower body) is day-to-day | 12/03/2013 11:36 PM
NewsVancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler is listed as day-to-day after suffering a lower-body injury in his team's 3-1 win against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.
Vancouver Canucks on Twitter
ImpactEdler has nine points in 27 games with a -12 rating in 2013-14. He's missed some time lately, but because of two suspensions in the last two seasons instead of injuries.
Alexander Edler has second worst plus-minus | 12/01/2013 8:41 AM
NewsAlexander Edler has the second worst plus/minus in the NHL at minus-14.
ImpactHe is better than only Nail Yakupov who is a minus-16. Coach John Tortorella is not happy with his play and called him out on Saturday. He was benched for part of Saturday's game as he saw only 18:47 minutes of action his lowest total this season as his previous low was 21:46. Edler has nine points including three goals this season as his fantasy value has taken a big hit.
Alex Edler likely swung some SOG battles | 11/03/2013 12:24 PM
NewsVancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler had a ridiculous 12 SOG in Saturday's dominant win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
ImpactEdler ended a four-game pointless streak with an assist. Edler was strong in other peripherals, with three hits, four blocked shots and two PIM.
Canuck Alex Edler returns in Pittsburgh today | 10/19/2013 12:03 PM
NewsAlex Edler doesn't plan to change the way he approaches hockey.
ImpactThe fact that he's facing the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, his first game back from a three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Thomas Hertl, has only heightened his resolve to be a defensive deterrent and offensive contributor for the Canucks. Edler checked the San Jose rookie near the Canucks' bench in the second period of an Oct. 10 meeting at Rogers Arena, and the winger's helmet flew off. The league ruled that the head was the main point of contact. And because Hertl was spun around as opposed to being driven backward by the blow, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan made the ruling. He said Edler should have taken a better angle toward Hertl - even though Hertl ducked down and looked like he was trying to jump around the defenseman. "I'm not going to change the way I play," Edler said. "I look at myself as a clean player and I try to play aggressive and that's when I'm at my best." He'll have to be Saturday against the high-flying Pens.
NHL hands Alexander Edler a 3-game suspension | 10/11/2013 4:34 PM
NewsAlexander Edler has been suspended for three games for his high hit on San Jose's Tomas Hertl.
Pro Hockey Talk
ImpactThe incident occurred during Thursday's game. The NHL felt the route Edler took to make the check contributed to the head being the principal point of target. Had Edler approached things differently, the league feels he could have "hit him squarely through the body." The three-game suspension will keep Edler out of the lineup until Oct. 19.
Alexander Edler facing possible suspension | 10/11/2013 11:56 AM
NewsAlexander Edler might be fined or suspended for his high hit on Tomas Hertl during Thursday's game.
ImpactThe NHL has scheduled a hearing with Edler due to the incident. Edler didn't receive a penalty as a result of the play, but the league is evaluating whether or not it is an illegal check to the head. It's worth adding taht Edler has been suspended by the NHL before and Hertl was able to stay in the game.
Defenseman Alex Edler impresses Canucks coach | 09/28/2013 11:32 AM
NewsAlex Edler has caught the eye of new Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella in training camp and exhibition play.
Impact"He's had a really good camp and tried to make a difference every time he's played," said the coach. "I love his aggressiveness. I didn't realize how aggressive he was as far as closing people out. He's very good at getting his shot through, which is very important whether it's a wrist shot or the bomb that he has for a slapshot. So he's been very impressive to me."
Edler suspended for start of Olympics | 07/30/2013 2:55 PM
NewsThe IIHF has confirmed that Alexander Edler will be ineligible to play in the first two games of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
ImpactEdler's agent, Mark Stowe, said as much on Monday, so this news doesn't come as a surprise. Edler is being punished for his knee-on-knee hit to Eric Staal during the 2013 IIHF World Championship.
Report: Edler ineligible for 2 Olympic games | 07/29/2013 2:55 PM
NewsAlexander Edler will reportedly be ineligible to play in the first two games of the Olympics.
News 1130 Sports on Twitter
ImpactThat's based on Edler's agent, Mark Stowe's recent comments. Edler was suspended during the 2013 IIHF World Championship for his knee-on-knee hit to Eric Staal. At the time, the door was left open for his suspension extending to the 2014 Winter Olympics and it looks like that's what will happen.
Report: IIHF to review Alex Edler's status | 07/26/2013 7:56 PM
NewsAlex Edler reportedly has a hearing scheduled with the IIHF Disciplinary Committee for Saturday.
Pro Hockey Talk
ImpactEdler, who plays for Sweden internationally, was suspended due to his knee-on-knee hit to Eric Staal during the 2013 World Championship. However, his suspension might be extended to include part or all of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Edler likely safe with Ballard buyout pending | 07/03/2013 12:51 PM
NewsAlexander Edler is likely safe since the Vancouver Canucks plan to buy out defenseman Keith Ballard.
Darren Dreger on Twitter
ImpactBallard and the $8.4 million remaining on his contract were placed on unconditional waivers Wednesday. He's all but assured to be bought out by Friday's deadline, which means the Canucks won't have to save cap space by trying to trade Edler. It will be interesting to see how the 27-year-old defenseman adapts to the new system under coach John Tortorella, which didn't allow for much offense from defensemen in New York. Edler was one of the top fantasy blueliners in the league the last two years but may take a step back in his new role.
Alexander Edler could be dealt in off-season | 05/19/2013 9:14 AM
NewsAlexander Edler may be dealt in the off-season.
ImpactIf Edler was to be traded, it would have to happen before July 1 as his no-trade contract goes into effect at that time. The Canucks need help up front and have some nice depth on the blueline so it makes sense that Edler could be the odd man out in Vancouver.
IIHF suspends Edler for kneeing Eric Staal | 05/17/2013 11:49 AM
NewsAlexander Edler has been suspended by the IIHF for his knee-on-knee hit of Eric Staal.
ImpactEdler will be forced to miss the remainder of the 2013 World Championship for his "reckless" and "dangerous" actions. The IIHF Disciplinary Committee can choose to extend Edler's suspension if they wish, which would open the door to him missing part or all of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, Carolina Hurricanes fans just have to hope that Eric Staal's injury isn't as bad as it looked.
Should Edler be trade bait for the Canucks? | 05/11/2013 10:59 PM
NewsThe Vancouver Province's Jason Botchford thinks that the Canucks' best bet for a "reboot" is trading Alex Edler.
ImpactOf course, this is not easy because Edler in January signed a five-year, $30 million deal, and he took less to stay with the team in order to help them bring other players in. But Botchford says Vancouver's defense is a strength, and it has a number of young players ready to play bigger roles. Edler could be a nice chip to acquire some forward help -- and help them get bigger up front. Edler's no-trade clause doesn't start until July, so the Canucks have time to gauge the market, which Botchford thinks would include the Flyers and Ducks.
Alexander Edler: Penalties cost the Canucks | 05/08/2013 11:32 AM
NewsAlexander Edler cited a lack of discipline from the Vancouver Canucks when talking about what went wrong in the first round.
ImpactThe San Jose Sharks completed a four-game sweep of the Canucks on Tuesday. "At the end, their power play won them the series," Edler said. "We took too many penalties. Their power play scored a lot of goals, and even when they didn't score they got a lot of momentum from it. And when we did kill them, it still took a lot of energy out of us. They just have really good players on their power play." Vancouver committed 27 minor penalties over four games. To make matters worse, they had an abysmal 70.8 penalty-killing percentage.
Alexander Edler gets Canucks' only goal Tues. | 04/16/2013 11:24 PM
NewsAlexander Edler potted Vancouver's only goal in a 2-1 shootout loss against St. Louis Tuesday night.
ImpactHenrik and Daniel Sedin earned assists on his power-play marker. Edler has posted a point in three straight games. No one on the Canucks scored in the shootout.
Alexander Edler returns Tues. from suspension | 03/26/2013 7:37 PM
NewsAlexander Edler will draw back into the lineup Tuesday night after serving his two-game suspension for running over Phoenix goalie Mike Smith.
ImpactThis is just a reminder to activate him if you normally would. Edler has 17 points and 27 penalty minutes in 30 games this season.
Alex Edler: I never meant to hit Mike Smith | 03/24/2013 11:44 AM
NewsVancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler says he never intended to collide with Phoenix goalie Mike Smith last week and defended his record as an honest player.
Impact"Obviously I am disappointed I am suspended," Edler said after he watched the Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 at the Staples Center Saturday night. "I had no intention of making any contact with the goalie. I was going for the puck. The decision is made now. I have to look forward." Edler, who will complete his two-game suspension when the Canucks finish off their three-game road trip this afternoon in Denver, said he is proud of the way he has played the game. "I have been in the league for seven years and I think I have been a clean player," he said. "I haven't had a major penalty or anything."
NHL suspends Alexander Edler for two games | 03/23/2013 10:27 AM
NewsVancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler has been suspended two games for charging into Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith.
ImpactThe play happened during Thursday's 2-1 Vancouver victory over the Coyotes. Edler was assessed a five-minute major after running into Smith behind the net late in the second period. Smith was injured on the play and finished the period but wasn't back in net for the third. He was replaced by Jason Labarbera. Edler will miss games on Saturday at Los Angeles and Sunday at Colorado. He is eligible to return on Tuesday when the Canucks host the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Alex Edler faces hearing for hit on Smith | 03/22/2013 10:44 AM
NewsAlexander Edler will have a disciplinary hearing over the phone Friday afternoon for his hit Thursday night on Phoenix goalie Mike Smith.
ImpactEdler was given a five-minute major for charging on the play and Smith didn't return for the start of the third period. The Vancouver defenseman is just starting to work his way out of a terrible slump, with five points and a plus-3 rating in his last five contests.
Edler scores third of the season | 02/02/2013 3:17 AM
NewsAlexander Edler scored the lone regulation goal for the Canucks on a wrist shot in the first period in Vancouver's 2-1 shootout win over Chicago Friday night.
ImpactEdler is well on his way to a beautiful follow up of last year's 49 point season. Through 8 games he's got 7 points and is the Canuck's top defence option.
Alex Edler signs 6-year deal with Canucks | 01/18/2013 11:18 PM
NewsThe Canucks have signed Alex Edler to a six-year extension.
ImpactNo word yet on the dollar amount, but his last deal carried a $3.25 million cap hit. The defenseman was set to be an unrestricted free agent next offseason. Edler is a very good offensive defenseman, and, at 26 is only about to begin his prime years. He had 49 points in 82 games last season.
|Swe Jr.||Total||Swe Jr.||39||8||18||26||-||46||-||-||-||-||-||0.67|
|Swe Jr.||Total||Swe Jr.||5||1||0||1||-||6||-||-||-||-||-||0.20|
|Goals||1||8 times-last:vs. Edm||last:Apr 11||1|
|Assists||3||vs. Ari||Apr 9||1|
|Points||3||2 times-last:vs. Edm||last:Apr 11||2|
|Penalty Minutes||6||2 times-last:at TB||last:Jan 20||4|
|Plus/Minus||3||2 times-last:vs. Ari||last:Dec 22||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||5 times-last:at Ari||last:Mar 22||1|
|Power Play Points||2||vs. Ari||Apr 9||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||74 times-last:vs. Edm||last:Apr 11||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||74 times-last:vs. Edm||last:Apr 11||0|
|Shots||8||at LA||Mar 21||12|
|Penalty Minutes||54||2008-09 (Van)|
|Power Play Goals||5||4 times-last: 2012-13 (Van)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2011-12 (Van)|
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