Vancouver Canucks: How Alex Edler’s Back Injury Affects Him and the Team

January 4th, 2013 by Riley Kufta Leave a reply »
According to The Province, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler has been removed from the injured reserve list and cleared for play after spending the past three months rehabilitating from a back injury. It's not all good news, however, as Edler believes the ongoing issue will prevent him returning to 100 percent in the future. 

"There haven't been any red lights. I can do everything, but that doesn't mean I'm not feeling it. Sometimes it's sore and stiff, but it was sore and stiff last year and I played 82 games."

It's these honest words which worry and relieve fans at the same time. 

For Edler, this clearly means he may play out the remainder of his career in significant discomfort. But as he said, he played 82 games through his injury last season and more importantly, he was among the best defenders in the league with 49 total points. 

If Edler's performance last season tells us anything, it's that his on-ice impact and point production might not suffer from this unfortunate news, but the same cannot be said about his contract. 

Edler, whose four-year, $14 million contract expires following the 20 ...

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