As the NHL playoffs unfolded after the Flyers were eliminated on April 30th, it was pretty apparent that some teams (Kings and Blackhawks just as an example) are noticeably better than the Flyers without even looking at their statistics. Their defensemen are solid in their own end and contribute offensively.
The Flyers don't have much of that and they don't have someone they can hang their hat on as a true No. 1 defensemen. With the likes of Shayne Gostisbehere, Samuel Morin and Robert Hagg developing in the minor leagues, the Flyers could have a strong, stable and young defensive corps in a few years but what will they do until then?
At the end of February with the NHL trade deadline looming, the Flyers showed interest in Canucks defenseman Alex Edler. Edler fits the Flyers need for a top defenseman who can shutdown opposing teams in the defensive end while also contributing in the offensive end.
Then-Canucks general manager Mike Gillis did not seem opposed to moving Edler and then-Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren seemed to be entertaining the idea of acquiring the defenseman, who turned 28 in April.
That does not appear to be the case anymore. The Province's Ben Kuzma reports new Canucks general manager Jim Benning and President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden do not plan to approach Edler about waiving his no-trade clause this offseason as they believe he can be their No. 1 defenseman for the remainder of his contract.
Edler, 28, scored seven goals and added 15 assists for 22 points in 63 games last season for the Cancuks, by all accounts a bad season for Edler and the team. The 6'4", 220 lbs. defenseman signed a six-year, $30 million contract prior to this season so he is locked up through the 2018-19 season with a cap hit of $5 million.
Any deal that might've been proposed would've likely started with Brayden Schenn, who just re-signed with the Flyers for the next two years with a reasonable cap hit of $2.5 million.
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