Vancouver Canucks' President of operations Trevor Linden continues to rebuild the Canucks in the teams off season.
On Tuesday, Linden released a statement saying the team is not interested in trading defencemen Alexander Edler with the organisation having refused to waive the player’s no trade clause.
Edler is currently in a six year contract with the Canucks and has struggled this past season. He scored seven goals and tallied 15 assists during the campaign.
However, even though Edler's numbers are low, Linden has faith that the 28 year old defencemen still has a lot to offer the Vancouver Canucks and the decision is certainly a very interesting one for the organisation.
While it is positive that Edler will be staying with the Canucks for a little longer it may have been better to shop him around for a little while to see what the Canucks may receive in return.
The Canucks, for instance, are in desperate need of a starting goalie therefore, it would have made sense for Alexander Edler to be used as a bargaining chip in a trade for a starting goalie.
Regardless, Edler is staying put now and will be a fantastic third line defencemen for the Canucks. He has plenty of speed, a wicked shot and is a very hard worker. If he can start accumulating points consistently next season, he will be given the opportunity to play on the first defensive line.
It will be interesting to see if defencemen Andrew Alberts is still with the Canucks at the start of next season. His contract is up and he may be the odd man out.
With Edler staying put, Canucks GM Jim Benning must now try and figure out what to do with Ryan Kesler.
Kesler has been a talking point since this season’s trade deadline and it looked likely that he was going to be dealt to another team shortly after the Luongo trade. However, that didn’t happen.
Moreover, the Canucks don’t have a very good group of forwards coming up from the farm team. Therefore, the Canucks will be looking for something of equal value if they decide to trade Kesler.
Trading for a much younger player and some draft picks would be a disaster however.
The Canucks need to either keep Kesler or trade him for a new starting goaltender.
It will be very interesting to see which strategy Benning will use when dealing with Ryan Kesler. It sure is going to be an exciting off season for the Vancouver Canucks.
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