Vancouver Canucks defencemen Alexander Edler and Jason Garrison have been medically cleared and deemed healthy by doctors, which means both players will leave the care of the team and neither will continue to collect a paycheque.
Edler, who has battled back issues the past two seasons, says he will never be 100% again and it has become more about not making it worse than healing it.
“I’ve been skating five times a week for over a month now and nothing I’ve done has hurt it,” Edler told the Province. “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.
“I don’t think the back can get back to 100 per cent, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play at 100 per cent.”
Garrison, on the other hand, has been battling a groin issue. Last month, he declared himself ready to play if the season was to be begin, so it comes to no surprise that he has now been medically cleared by doctors and removed from injured reserve.
The two defencemen are expected to form the team’s second defence pairing and be the point men on the first power play unit.