VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -The Vancouver Canucks signed 22-year-old defenseman Alex Edler to a four-year contract extension on Friday.
The deal will keep Edler under contract through 2012-13. Financial terms were not disclosed. He started his third NHL season with a plus-2 rating in a 6-0 win over Calgary on Thursday night.
``Alex is a gifted puck-moving defenseman who sees the ice extremely well for such a young player,'' Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said in a statement. ``He has made great strides in his career and we look forward to further growth and development in his game.''
Edler emerged as a top-four defender for the Canucks last season, leading the injury-ravaged defense with 75 games, while averaging more than 21 minutes of ice time and recording a career-best 20 points. In 97 NHL games, the 6-foot-3 Swede has 23 points and 48 penalty minutes.
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