Canucks Retain Defenseman Alexander Edler On 2-Year, $12 Million Deal

Alexander Edler. Photo by Richard Ulreich/CSM/Shutterstock

Vancouver Canucks’ defenseman Alexander Edler passed on becoming a free agent this summer. Canucks announced on Thursday that Edler agreed to a two-year deal with the organization, which will keep him in Vancouver through 2020/21 NHL season.

Canucks’ general manager Jim Benning revealed that Edler will receive $6 million annually, which puts the total value of the contract at $12 million.

“Alex is important to our team and has played as the cornerstone of our defense throughout his career,” – said Benning in a statement. “He’s a leader with tremendous experience, plays important minutes and contributes to every part of our team game. We’re very pleased for Alex and his family that he’ll continue his career as a Vancouver Canuck.”

Edler was limited to 56 games this past season due to a concussion but still manage to put together a solid season. He finished 2018/19 with 10 goals and 24 assists to his name.

After starting his professional career in native Sweden, Alexander Edler signed an entry contract with Canucks in 2006. Over the years, he established himself as a key player in the team’s rotation and helped the franchise reach Stanley Cup Finals in 2011.

Edler’s career stats include 814 NHL games played in which he scored 94 goals and added 274 assists.