Mar 1, 2014; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23) during practice the day before the Heritage Classic hockey game at BC Place. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Vancouver Canucks Had a Trade in Place to Send Alex Edler to Bruins


The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins had a deal in place for defenceman Alexander Edler, according to the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa.

The Bruins requested the Philadelphia Flyers retain 50% of Andrej Meszaros‘ cap hit to create cap space in anticipation of a deal. However, Shinzawa says the deal fell through when the Ryan Kesler trade involving Brandon Sutter of the Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t happen.

He believes the Bruins would have likely sent a package that included centres Ryan Spooner or Alexander Khokhlachev and defenceman Matt Bartkowski.

It certainly appeared the Canucks were preparing to take at least two contracts back in one or more trades. They dealt defenceman Patrick Mullen to the Ottawa Senators for unsigned college prospect Jeff Costello. The recently acquired Raphael Diaz was then dealt to the New York Rangers for a fifth round pick in 2015.

Prior to these trades, the Canucks had only one spot left on their reserve list.

Whether the Bruins and Canucks had a deal in place or not, it didn’t appear Edler was willing to waive his no-trade clause in the first year of a six-year contract anyways.

It’s possible the Canucks revisit this deal in the summer just like Kesler to Penguins.

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