As MayorsManor first reported earlier today, the LA Kings have added free agent defenseman Alex Edler on a one-year deal.
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Originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 2004, the 35-year-old blueliner has played his entire NHL career in the Pacific Northwest. After 925 regular season games, the veteran left shot defender is bringing his talents to SoCal.
Excluding the pandemic shortened 2021 season — where he was limited to 8 points — Edler put up 30+ points in each of the three years prior.
Coach Todd McLellam can play him on the second or third pair and it gives the Kings options on when and how to use Olli Maatta in the final year of his contract. Plus, it provides potential relief for young defensemen Mikey Anderson and Toby Bjornfot on occasion.
This allows youngsters to keep progressing, including in their offensive contributions and hopefully having them spend less time in their own zone. The transition game is where most young NHL blueliners still need improvement.
For a full explanation on these two new contract signings, see the article linked below.
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