Kings sign Edler to 1-year extension

Posted: 13/07/2022 in NHL
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The Los Angeles Kings signed defenseman Alexander Edler to a one-year deal with a base salary of $750,000, the team announced Tuesday.

Edler, 36, can earn an extra $750,000 in games-played bonuses. He could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 13 after playing out last season on a one-year pact with a $3.5-million cap hit.

The veteran potted three goals and 16 assists in 41 games with the Kings in 2021-22 while averaging 18:28 per contest. Edler also chipped in with 56 hits and 70 blocks. He put up two assists in seven games in the playoffs.

Edler posted strong underlying numbers during his first season in Los Angeles. The Kings controlled 56.9% of the shot attempts and 58.3% of the expected goals with Edler on the ice at five-on-five during the regular season, according to Natural Stat Trick.

Before joining the Kings ahead of the 2021-22 campaign, he spent the first 15 seasons of his career with the Vancouver Canucks.

Selected by the Canucks in the third round of the 2004 draft, Edler has 428 points in 966 career NHL games.

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