To fit Sami Salo back in the lineup if and when he becomes healthy enough to play again, the Canucks would’ve had some tough roster decisions to make to fit him under their salary cap.
That said, I’m pretty sure losing Alex Edler wasn’t their preferred option. Edler, who sat out Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators, will undergo micro discectomy surgery on his back and will be out of the lineup indefinitely.
To say that losing Edler is a big blow to the team’s Stanley Cup hopes is an understatement. He’s easily been the Canucks best overall defenseman this season. Statistically, he is among the league leaders among all NHL blueliners in several categories: 32 points (10th), 5 powerplay goals (T-5th) and 24:23 TOI/game (17th).
Of course, it’s too early to tell how long Edler will be out for. In one tweet, Jason Botchford mentioned that athletes have come back from this surgery in 6 weeks, which would place Edler’s return near the end of the regular season. In a separate tweet, Iain MacIntyre mentioned a return date of 3-plus months.
Here’s hoping Edler’s return is sooner rather than later.