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Nov 22, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23) during the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks Considered Trading Alex Edler to Detroit Red Wings

The Vancouver Canucks apparently considered trading defenceman Alexander Edler to the Detroit Red Wings last summer before his no-trade clause kicked in.

The Red Wings were unsure about giving up three pieces for Edler, so when the Canucks asked for four pieces, the deal was killed.

Jason Botchford from the Province reports:

A deal to the Detroit Red Wings was considered, and close enough, but was snuffed when the asking price was too rich for Ken Holland.

The Canucks wanted four pieces in return, one of which was a first-round draft pick. But the Wings weren’t even sure about giving up three, so considering four was a non-starter, killing the deal.

Back at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft when the rumours of the Canucks moving Edler first surfaced, it was reported the Red Wings were one of the teams in on the defenceman along with the Anaheim Ducks.

Sportnset’s Nick Kypreos said at the time the asking price was three pieces: two roster players and a first round pick for Edler.

Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said after selecting Bo Horvat, ninth overall, that he “wanted to get into the top-10″ to select a player like him.

I wonder if the acquisition of the ninth overall pick for goaltender Cory Schneider quelled any interest to trade Edler. The Canucks didn’t need to move Edler anymore to get the necessary assets to move up in the draft.

With no urgency to move up, the Canucks probably decided they weren’t going to trade Edler unless they got a fourth piece and a deal that they felt was lopsided in their favour.

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