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Edler cleared from injured reserved

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Vancouver Canucks’ Alexander Edler (23) checks Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Smyth during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Ulan)


Vancouver defenseman Alex Edler (back) has been cleared from injured reserve. As a reward, he’s now locked out and won’t get paid anymore.

The 26-year-old Swede told reporters today that his back (bulging disc) may never be 100 percent, but apparently it’s good enough to play whenever the season resumes.

Of note, Edler is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. He and his agent discussed a contract extension with the Canucks prior to the expiration of the CBA, but the two sides were unable to reach a deal.

No word when another Canucks defenseman, Jason Garrison (groin), will be cleared.

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