VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Defenseman Alex Edler signed a two-year extension with the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday at an average salary of $6 million. The 33-year-old Swede could have become a free agent July 1.
“I’ve said from the beginning that if a deal was there with Vancouver, that was my number one priority,” he said during a conference call. “You never know what’s out there in free agency so I didn’t think too much about that.”
In 13 seasons with the Canucks, Edler has the most points among defensemen in franchise history.
General manager Jim Benning calls Edler the “cornerstone of our defense.” He added in his statement that Edler is a “leader with tremendous experience” who “contributes to every part of our team game.”
Edler had 10 goals and 24 assists in 56 games last season but struggled with injuries.