Although reports of Mathieu Schneider signing a one-year deal with Vancouver are still unconfirmed, Canucks defensemen Alexander Edler welcomes the potential addition.
"I think from a guy like that you can learn a lot and that's good for me," said Edler yesterday at the optional UBC skate. "I've been having great guys around me these years in Vancouver and a guy like him would help me a lot."
With a new raise in salary this upcoming season for the soft-spoken Swede, who's English has noticeably improved, expectations are higher for him this time around.
Vancouver is looking to add a strong puck moving defensemen and powerplay quarterback - and signing Schneider could briefly address that - but Edler is looking forward to filling those roles long term.
"I obviously want to take the next step," said the 23-year-old blueliner. "Every year you want to get better and you want more responsibility and more ice-time in different situations."
The Ostersund, Sweden native recorded 10 goals and 37 points, while going plus-11, last season.
Edler will also make $3.25 million for each of the next four seasons, a significant jump from the $550,000 he earned last year.