OCtober 23, 2018 | 4:09pm ET



Alex Edler, defenceman


It’s a little early in the regular-season for teams to be pushing hard to make additions ahead of the trade deadline, but that doesn’t mean clubs aren’t putting players on their radar.

Edler, 32, is in the final-year of his current contract, which pays him $5 million per season. He also owns a full no-trade clause and has not been interested in waiving it in the past.

However, given how Edler can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2019, it’s possible he opts to move to a Stanley Cup contender later in the season and explores the possibility of returning to Vancouver in the off-season.

According to TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta, some teams have already placed Edler on their radar and could pursue him later in the season.

While Pagnotta noted a deal was not imminent – serious talks aren’t currently ongoing – teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins could knock on the door of Canucks GM Jim Benning in the coming months.

Edler and goaltender Anders Nilsson are the only regular members of the Canucks’ roster who can become UFAs next summer.