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LA Kings Sign Alex Edler to a One-Year Contract

The defenseman signed a one-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $3,500,000

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Alex Edler to a one-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $3,500,000 according to Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake. 

Edler, 35, posted eight points (0-8=8) in 52 games while averaging 20:54 time on ice per game with the Vancouver Canucks last season. The 6-3, 210-pound defenseman has spent his entire 15-year career with the Canucks, which is highlighted by helping the organization reach the 2011 Stanley Cup Final as well as capturing the Presidents' Trophy twice (2011, 2012) as the league's best regular-season team, and six Northwest Division titles. He also earned an invitation to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game.

Selected by Vancouver in the third round (91st overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Edler has appeared in 925 career NHL games, totaling 409 points (99-310=409). He leads Vancouver defensemen all-time in goals, assists, points, games played (fourth overall) and ranks second in power-play goals (46). Since the 2010-11 season, he has led the team in time on ice per game every year except for 2013-14 (second) and 2020-21 (fourth). 

The Ostersund, Sweden native has represented Team Sweden on multiple occasions. He won a silver medal with them at the 2014 Olympic Games, posting two points (1-1=2) and a plus-2 rating in four games. A two-time gold medalist at the IIHF Men's World Championship in 2013 and 2017, he also skated in the 2008 event, totaling eight points (3-5=8) and a plus-9 rating in 20 games over those three tournaments. The first time he was a member of Team Sweden was in 2006, when he posted one point (0-1) and a plus-2 rating in six games at the IIHF World Junior Championship.

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