Report: Edler ineligible for two Olympic games
Update 11:00 am
Swedish sources confirmed that the Swedish National Team expects Edler's suspension to last for two additional contests. Tommy Boustedt has also told reporters that the suspension will not affect Edler's chances of making the 2014 Swedish Olympic Men's Hockey Team.
As theScore reported on Friday, Alex Edler faced an IIHF Disciplinary Committee hearing for his knee-on-knee hit on Eric Staal at June's World Championship tournament this past weekend in Zurich. Edler was joined at the hearing by his agent Mark Stowe, as well as Tommy Boutsedt (the director of the Swedish National Team).
On Monday Stowe told Vancouver radio station News 1130 that the suspension seems likely to cut into Edler's Olympic eligibility:
Edler's agent Mark Stowe tells News1130 from Sweden that it looks like Edler will get 2 more games for injuring Eric Staal.— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) July 29, 2013
If Stowe's assessment is accurate and Edler's suspension does in fact include two games of the Olympic tournament, then the IIHF will have reduced the five game suspension length originally suggested by the World Championship's disciplinary committee in June. Edler served the first two games of his suspension during the World Championship tournament, when he was rendered ineligible to compete in the semi-finals and the gold medal game.
According to Expressen the IIHF will submit their decision on Edler's suspension in writing within two weeks.
Alex Edler has been enormously productive offensively over the past several seasons, however, he battles maddening bouts of inconsistency. With Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Erik Karlsson, Niklas Kronwall, Victor Hedman and Niklas Hjalmarsson likely to be locks for the Tre kronor's 2014 Olympic entry, the Swedes are stacked along the blue-line. Edler's suspension could render the Canucks defenceman a long-shot to make Sweden's Olympic men's hockey team, while opening the door for the likes of Jonathan Ericsson or promising youngster Jonas Brodin.