Edler re-signs

The Canucks have re-signed young defenceman Alexander Edler to a contract extension. The deal is worth $13 million over four years, and will kick in for the 2009-2010 season with an annual cap hit of $3.25 million per season.

Edler was an unheralded third round draft pick by the Canucks in 2004, chosen by former-GM Dave Nonis at the urging of his chief European scout, Thomas Gradin.

After a season with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, Edler made 22 appearances for the Canucks in 2006-2007 before making his mark as an NHLer last season, when he registered 20 points in 75 games.

Although Edler’s play dropped off a little towards the end of last season, it is not a stretch to suggest he was one of the Canucks best and most reliable players on the back end.

Moreover, at 6′ 3″, 220 lbs, and blessed with excellent mobility, Edler has all the makings of a top notch NHL blueliner.

While this deal is arguably an overpayment for year one, it is likely to be quite a bargain in year two and, especially, years three and four.

I like this move a lot. The Canucks now have defencemen Edler, Sami Salo (three years remaining) and Kevin Bieksa locked up for the next few years (Bieksa’s three-year extension kicked in this season). Willie Mitchell also has two years remaining on his deal. To have what is generally considered to be one of the better defensive corps in the league in place for at least the the next two years, all at basically reasonable deals (Bieksa is the highest paid at $3.75 per year; Salo and Mitchell both receive $3.5 million per year), certainly marks a positive sign going forward.

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