Vancouver Canucks again hired veteran defender Alexander Edler for a $ 12 million contract for two years


Alexander Edler is out there.

Vancouver's oldest player Canucks has signed a two-year extension with the club, the team announced on Wednesday.

The agreement has an annual average value of $ 6 million per season, up from $ 5 million per year during its six-year pact signed in 2013, which Edler has just completed.

"Alex is important to our team and has played as the basis of our defense throughout his career," Canucks' Jim Benning said in a statement. "He is a leader with tremendous experience, plays important minutes and contributes to all parts of our team play. We are very pleased that Alex and his family will continue their career as a Vancouver Canuck."

The 34-year-old from Östersund, Sweden, has spent his entire career in Canucks since being called up by the team in the third round of the 2004 NHL general) outside Jämtland.

Limited to 56 games last season due to injury, Edler recorded 10 goals and 24 assists.

In February of this year, Benning called Edler the team's top scorer and expressed the hope that an extension would be made.

"He's our best defense," Benning told TSN 1040 in Vancouver. "He is a leader in our bedroom. He is a mentor to Petey (Elias Pettersson). He is an important guy for the development of our younger players. If we can figure something out, I'd like to do that. "

A veteran of 814 games, Edler has 94 goals and 368 points in his NHL career. Edler is seventh in all-time in games played between Canucks and the leader more among the defenders of Vancouver.

Internationally, Edler won two gold medals at the IIHF World Championship, representing Sweden, and won an Olympic silver medal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.


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