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Vancouver Canucks ink defenceman Alex Edler to two-year extension

Alex Edler has signed a two-year contract extension with the Canucks at an average of $6 million per season.
Alex Edler has signed a two-year contract extension with the Canucks at an average of $6 million per season.

Defenceman was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1

The Vancouver Canucks and veteran defenceman Alex Edler have agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $6 million per season.

Edler, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, has played 13 NHL seasons, all with the Canucks, and is the team’s career scoring leader on defence with 368 points in 814 games.

The 33-year-old recorded 34 points (10-24-34) last season, despite being limited to just 56 games due to injuries.

“Alex is important to our team and has played as the cornerstone of our defence throughout his career,” said Canucks general manager Jim Benning. “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.”Copyright Postmedia Network Inc., 2019

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