Canucks sign 'cornerstone' Alex Edler to 2-year, $12M extension

The Canucks have signed veteran defenseman Alex Edler to a two-year contract extension at an average annual value of $6 million, the team announced Thursday.

Edler, 33, had 10 goals and 24 assists in 56 games last season and is the career franchise leader in goals (94), points (368) and games played (814) by a defensman in 13 seasons with the Canucks.

“Alex is important to our team and has played as the cornerstone of our defense throughout his career,” general manager Jim Benning said, also pointing to Edler’s leadership and experience.

Edler, drafted by Vancouver in 2004 and an All-Star in 2012, also scored 31 points in 65 playoff games.