okcanuck wrote:Lancer wrote:Seeing all the back-and-forth about Edler reminded me of another ex-Canuck - 'ole Jovo-cop. Is it me, or are there some similarities between the two? Both are capable of solid defence but suffer head-smacking brain-farts. Both can move the puck and have howitzer shots. High-risk/high-reward - except their personalities could not be more different. How much was Jovo making at his peak? Just sayin...
I don't get all this Edler bashing. What do you want him to do besides lead the team in points, ninth in league defenseman points,and used an average of 25 min. a game? Christ hes probably underpaid.
I whole-heartedly agree. Edler is probably never going to be that elite at pretty much everything defender that so many fans dream about, but he's good at a lot of things and neither his paycheque nor his cap hit (even when the new deal kicks in) nor his usage by the coaching staff suggests he has to be that player.
Just like it's unfair to judge every winger we get over 6'2 and 200 lbs by high water mark left by Todd Bertuzzi, Alex Edler is simply not going to be Shea Weber (or Nick Lidstrom, or..).
He's just going to be an imperfect offensive defenseman who is still better cap value that the majority of his UFA comparables.