February 22, 2019 | 4:56pm ET



Alexander Edler, defenceman


The Vancouver Canucks have re-engaged in contract negotiations with defenceman Alexander Edler’s agent and are hopeful the two sides can come to terms on an agreement.

Edler, 32, is in the final-year of a six-year, $30 million contract and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Canucks GM Jim Benning and Edler’s agent, Mark Stowe, reconnected on Thursday after last chatting several weeks prior.

According to a source close to the situation, the two sides are working on a multi-year extension that will include no-trade protection and the hope is a deal gets ironed out in the near future.

“We are still looking to re-sign Alex Edler and we are in good conversations with this agent,” Benning told TSN. “We’ll continue to talk and hopefully we can get something done.”

In 38 games with the Canucks so far this season, Edler has registered five goals and 15 assists for 20 points.