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    Ben Kuzma has updates on a few players (Edler, Garrison, Booth, Kesler, Coaching)

    EDLER:

    Alex Edler isn’t going anywhere.

    The Detroit Red Wings have renewed interest in the Vancouver Canucks defenceman. The Florida Panthers, who own the first 2014 draft pick, may also covet Edler.

    However, despite a willingness by general manager Jim Benning to approach players with no-trade clauses, the Canucks aren’t planning to have that conversation with Edler, according to hockey operations president Trevor Linden.

    “He’s got all the tools to be a dominant No. 1 defenceman,” Linden said Tuesday from Ottawa where he addressed a Canadian Men’s Health Foundation national launch of a fitness initiative.

    “He’d be the first to admit he didn’t have a good year, and part of our job is to recapture the Alex Edler that we all know he can be. He has the skill-set that every team wants and we just have to get him back where he should be.

    “There isn’t a team in the league that wouldn’t have its hand up for the opportunity to have an Alex Edler. It’s not in our consideration. We want to work with Alex; we have to get his game back, and I know he’s committed to doing that.”

    Edler, 28, is viewed as a reclamation project who maybe wouldn’t command what the Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks were willing to part with at the draft before the Swede’s six-year, $30-million-US contract extension kicked in, along with his NTC. The Wings have never replaced Nicklas Lidstrom or Brian Rafalski, and the Panthers can dangle their top pick to try and allow first-round 2010 pick Erik Gudbranson to develop methodically. But the Canucks hold the No. 6 pick and seem poised to make it.

    In a sour season in which Edler had seven goals, just 22 points and a league-worst minus-39 rating — often looking lost in a zone-defence system that put a premium on positioning — he was also suspended for three games for the Tomas Hertl hit Oct. 10 and missed 16 games with a knee strain suffered Dec. 3. But he did average 23:17 of ice time per game and has a good power-play point shot, though it could stand to be a bit more accurate.
    GARRISON:

    All this could mean the Canucks are considering trading Jason Garrison — back to Florida? — or are considering him as a compliance buyout option later this month because Frank Corrado should become more of a roster mainstay. Garrison, 29, is a $4.6-million cap hit that pays $5 million next season plus a $1.5 million bonus before the contract trickles down to $2.5 million in its final year.

    Garrison had a goal in each of his first two games this season but would score just five more. He led team defencemen in points (33) and shots (181) but was second to Ryan Kesler in missed shots (79).

    Only four teammates had a lower shooting percentage (3.9), and like his peers, Garrison never developed a true comfort factor in any zone and has been bothered by groin concerns.
    BOOTH:

    David Booth, 29, is another buyout possibility, but with one year left on his deal at $4.75 million, ($4.25m cap hit) the winger has extra contract incentive. Then again, trading Garrison and buying out Booth are the type of significant changes the team has been talking about.

    “We’re going to have some very difficult decisions this summer and do everything we can to make the team better now and in the near future,” said Linden. “We have to make some adjustments and changes for sure.”
    KESLER:

    Kesler is of obvious concern. Willing to waive his NTC at the trade deadline, the centre will be a hot commodity at the draft which has become the annual hotbed of wheeling and dealing. Kesler, 29, is more concerned about the skill level on the Canucks than who’s coaching, and at $5 million annually the next two years, he’s coveted by Pittsburgh and Anaheim.

    “We go back many years and unfortunately I was his first centre,” joked Linden. “I have a good relationship with Ryan and that will serve us well.”
    COACHING SEARCH:

    As for coaches to replace John Tortorella and Mike Sullivan, Los Angeles Kings assistant John Stevens is in the Stanley Cup final and Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins is in the AHL playoffs. Unless there’s a wild-card consideration — Jeff Blashill of the Grand Rapid Griffins is out because he’s close to a contract extension — there might not be a bench boss in place by the draft.

    “We’ve got a real vision of what we want our coaching staff to look like and it would be great to have it taken care of by the draft,” said Linden. “I think it’s doable but not imperative.”
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    Ben Kuzma has updates on a few players (Edler, Garrison, Booth, Kesler, Coaching)

    Biting my tongue, hoping things won't be status quo.

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    Apparently Kesler's list was Detroit, Tampa Bay, Anaheim, Pittsburgh, Colorado, and Chicago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BranWingss View Post
    Apparently Kesler's list was Detroit, Tampa Bay, Anaheim, Pittsburgh, Colorado, and Chicago.
    Good list.

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