Alex Edler is one the ice and making bad plays. His passing is spot on if his teammates were the skates of the Blues.
He is weak in his own zone and absent physically. He laid out one hit, and was pummelled repeatedly. He was on the ice for the tying and winning goals against the Stars, and was on for two today. I actually witnessed Luongo shove him out of his way.
This is the play of the highest paid defensman on the team? Can somebody explain what Edler's strategy is? Or just put up another impotent facepalm?
The defense is leaderless. Edler should be based on his salary, but he isn't even close. Of the top four he is the largest, yet is also the least physical. Bieksa leads the team with 24 hits and has found his game.
You'd think making five million a year would motivate someone. Give them some consistency.
This is Edler's year to prove himself or I certainly hope he'll be on the trading block.
Yeah I know there are homers here who will defend Edler to the death. Blame Luongo or the Sedins rather than looking at the real issue that the "defense by committtee" idea only gets you so far and that eventually you need a leader on the blueline.
Edler is a forward with an identity crisis. He can score with that cannon of a shot, but he can't clear the crease to save his life. He is this team's most glaring weakness. I've wanted him to prove me wrong, since 2010.
I can already hear le Choir de Deutsche Baggio piping up.
Edited by Canuck-a-nuck, 18 February 2013 - 10:18 AM.