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.