The Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings could be discussing an Alexander Edler and Johan Franzen trade, according to The Fourth Period.
They say Edler “has been dangled as trade bait” since last June’s draft and “several teams have expressed an interest in acquiring him.” One of them is the Red Wings:
The Detroit Red Wings have been long linked to Edler, and whispers around the NHL suggest the two teams continue to discuss a deal that could also involved Wings veteran Johan Franzen.
It’s difficult to imagine a scenario where the Canucks trade the 27-year-old Edler for the 34-year-old Franzen in a one-for-one swap. Conventional wisdom would suggest the Canucks will be looking for a young player or two in addition to Franzen.
You wonder if Franzen would be of any help to the Canucks top-six and whether there is a better option on the market. He’s been out since the middle of December with a concussion
Edler is signed through the 2018-19 season that carries an average annual value of $5 million. He has a full no-trade clause, so Edler would need to approve any trade.