Read the thread first.
I'd like to know people's thoughts on Edler's play of late. This isn't a place to insult Edler. There's been plenty of examples of a player getting criticized here then turning their game around.
I'd like to know what people have been seeing from him on the ice and add their opinion on that.
For me, I've been seeing Edler look unmotivated. He appeared to skate leisurely to the puck with less than a minute left while trailing for the icing, and the last shoot didn't seem to give the team a chance to generate anything.
He's been sub-par the last few weeks. At least he usually he is providing an offensive push.
I think the lackadaisical play is just his style. He's calm, so it always looks like he is playing kind of unmotivated. The Edler-Bieksa pairing is also a little worrisome defensively.
Really, the problem is he needs a solid, consistent partner. Ehrhoff paired with him well in an offensive role. Salo was his safety net last season. Now he has no one. Bieksa and Edler don't mesh, they haven't wanted to use Tanev with with, and Hamhuis-Garrison seem to be the new shutdown pair.
Gillis should try to look for a solid right-hander to partner with Edler at the deadline.
EDIT: Some posters mentioned he is playing differently because of back surgery, and the surgery has significantly impacted him. This is probably true, and I believe management and Edler both admitted that it won't ever be 100% again.
Edited by bossram, 02 April 2013 - 06:19 PM.
What is the deal with Mike Gillis, it always seems like he's sweating...