Friedman looks ahead to trade interest in Edler

Alex Edler is in the final year of his contract, and it sounds like there should be teams with trade interest in the veteran defenseman if he’s available later this season.

Elliotte Friedman was asked about the potential scenario during a Wednesday afternoon The Program appearance on Vancouver’s Sportsnet 650.

“What is the want from Alex Edler to possibly be moved at some point this season, how effective can he be playing that many minutes, and what is the view of Alex Edler around the league - a guy that has played in one market his entire career.”

“Well, I think the view is he’s a solid defenseman,” began Friedman. “I’m a big believer in confirmation bias, guys. You guys have watched Edler from beginning to end of his NHL career, and one way or the other the fans out in Vancouver, they’ve seen the best of him and they’ve seen the worst of him, and their opinions are probably formed by that.

“If you think that Edler is a bad player, you’ve seen countless evidence of rough plays he’s made because everybody does that. But if you think he’s a great player, you have a ton of evidence of things that he does really well.

“I just think it’s really hard to find defensemen, especially experienced guys who have been through a lot like he has. It’s obvious that Travis trusts him. When you’re playing as much as that guy is playing, people respect that.

“As you know last year, Tampa had some interest. They went to Edler and he decided that he was going to stay. And I think that’s the biggest question here. Even though he doesn’t have a contract for next year, he still has a lot of control over his situation and who’s to say that he’s going to want to move. There are some players who just don’t like to be rentals.

“So I think when the time comes, you’re going to get questions. And even if some teams says, ‘We just want him for now, and the chance he wants to go back to Vancouver next season,’ then I think you’re going to have interest.

“I just think that with Edler, he loves to be in Vancouver and there’s no guarantee he’s going to be willing to move. But I think that he’s a guy that when the time comes, there will be a lot of interest in him.”

Edler has had a no-trade clause in each season of his six-year, $30 million contract with the Canucks.

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