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NHL notes: Vancouver Canucks' Alex Edler cleared, locked out

Canucks defenceman Alex Edler has been cleared medically to play ... That is, after the NHL...

Canucks defenceman Alex Edler has been cleared medically to play ... That is, after the NHL lockout. (REUTERS)

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, Last Updated: 8:35 PM ET

The Vancouver Canucks have cleared another salary off the books.

For the duration of the lockout, anyway.

Canucks defenceman Alex Edler, who had been on injured reserve with a back injury and therefore still getting paid, was cleared medically and, effectively, booted to the curb with the rest of his locked-out NHL brethren. Edler, according to the Vancouver Sun, said the bulging disc in his back may never be fully healed but he will be able to play when the season resumes.

Edler, 26, is in the final year of a four-year contract that pays him $3.25 million and could become an unrestricted free agent next summer. He had 11 goals and 38 assists in 82 games last season, his sixth with the Canucks.

JACKET DOESTN"T FIT

Defenceman Adrian Aucoin signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets as a free agent in the off-season.

Thanks to the NHL lockout, he's still waiting to play his first game with the Jackets. And it might never happen, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Aucoin signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Jackets in the off-season and has moved his family to Columbus but may not play again. At 39 years old -- he has more than 1,000 NHL games under his belt -- he could be forced to ponder retirement if the lockout stretches into next season.

"Like it or not, I have to think about it,"Aucoin told the Dispatch. "In a perfect world, I'd play forever. In a near-perfect world, I would play as long as I could and never move again."

Aucoin had two goals and seven assists in 64 games with the Phoenix Coyotes last season. He's played 1,072 games with Phoenix, Calgary, Chicago, the NY Islanders, Tampa Bay and Vancouver.

 


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