The man of the hour is Alex Edler who will turn 26 years of age on Saturday (April 21), a day before the biggest game of the season for the Vancouver Canucks.
It’s also a game where it’d be awfully nice for him to step up his game because you know the Kings would love to capitalize on more defensive gaffes by the Canucks.
Edler’s stats this series are somewhat flattering with 2 goals and a -1 rating. He’s had turnovers galore and not been the hitting machine we all hope for him to be.
So the Ostersund, Sweden native can expect what for his birthday? Here are the Top 5 things one might get the hulking 6’3” left-hander.
From the Equipment staff
It’s well known that Alex Edler has quite the bomb when he chooses to use it but in recent seasons, that hasn’t necessarily been a good thing. Quite often, we see a snapped twig off an attempted slapshot that either leads to the puck trickling towards the slot or an opportunity for the opposing team to counter the other way.
So from Pat O’Neill, Jamie Hendricks and Brian Hamilton; a vat of super glue. The day before a game, you take all of Alex’s sticks and dip them completely into this vat of super glue, allow it to dry solid and voila, you have an unbreakable hockey stick!
See what I mean?
Price: 1000 pieces x 8.49 = $8490 – Ah, they can afford it.
From his family
Don’t judge me, but I watch Survivor. On this week’s episode, participants had the opportunity to read a letter from home. Cast members usually get very teary eyed and use a letter from home as motivation to keep going because they are in the later stages of the game.
Alex Edler has made a home here in Vancouver and he is loved by the fans but at 26 years of age, thousands upon thousands of kilometers away from home, don’t you think he’d benefit from a motherly memorandum?
Price: 12:00 Kronas = $1.78 Canadian Postage – Thank you www.posten.se
From Jonathan Quick
Oh Quicky, how you have stymied the Canucks so far. You’re becoming quite unliked in these parts. However, you have been gracious enough to open your five hole and your other holes for Alex Edler not once, but twice. In fact, Alex Edler has 29% of Vancouver’s goals this series thanks to you.
So please continue with the gift that keeps on giving…back to Canucks fans via Alex Edler, chinks in your kingly armour.
From the fans
I’m going way back from a Canucks.com King of the Rink edition from September 19th, 2007. Luc Bourdon (rest in peace), Jannik Hansen and Alex Burrows were all asked trivia questions about their team-mate Edler who then gave the real answers and we all had a good laugh because Alex Edler said he would never eat cat or dog.
Good for him; neither would I. However, the most revealing answer he gave was that he has eight ties. This was 5 years ago we one could safely assume that he may now have more than 8 ties, which is more likely than still having just eight because as many a guy can attest to, ties last a pretty long time unless you stain it with ketchup or something similar.
You know that strut all the players do through the hallways of the arena en route to the dressing room? Yeah, well we want Alex to feel good about himself and how he looks; we want him to have that SWAGGER. So all the fans can pitch in for a nice tie or set of ties but let’s make sure it’s shiny and fabulous.
Price: Regular Price: $24.99; On sale: $14.99 – I like this one: SWAGGA
When one thinks of anger management classes, the idea of simmering down the rage probably goes through the mind. The anger management I am recommending for Alex Edler is more so for him to release his wrath. He’s not been the hitter we’ve become accustomed to seeing come playoff time and he certainly was expected to knock a few Kings over given how he performed in the first round in 2009 against LA. It’s been quite the disappointment.
So to Alex Edler on his 26th birthday, I say Goosfraba!
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