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Edler of Canucks out 4-6 weeks with sprained knee ligament

Defenseman was injured in first period of loss to Jets on Thursday

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler will miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL.

Edler was injured in the first period of a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. He has one assist in three games. Edler averaged 24:17 of ice time in the first two games playing on the top defense pair with Christopher Tanev, as well as playing the point on the top power-play unit and on the penalty kill.

"It's is a [blow] to lose a guy like Edler, he's a big part of our back end," coach Travis Green said after the morning skate Saturday. "But it's a good opportunity for someone else."

Defenseman Derrick Pouliot will replace Edler against the Calgary Flames on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CITY, SN1, NHL.TV). Pouliot will play for the first time since being acquired in a trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 3 for defenseman Andrey Pedan and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Edler, 31, has 301 points (78 goals, 223 assists) in 691 NHL games, all with Vancouver.

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