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IIHF to increase Alex Edler's suspension: agent

ZURICH, CH (NEWS1130) – The agent for Canucks defenseman Alex Edler says that he expects the International Ice Hockey Federation to tack on an additional two games to Edler’s suspension for injuring Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal during last spring’s World Hockey Championship.

Edler met with IIHF officials on the weekend and agent Mark Stowe tells News1130 Sports that the ruling could become official as soon as today.  It would mean that Edler would miss the first two games for Sweden at the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Last May, Edler was suspended for the remainder of the World Hockey Championship after a knee-on-knee hit against Staal during the first period of Sweden’s 3-2 shootout win over Canada in the tournament’s quarterfinal round.

It shouldn’t be too damaging for the Swedes, who are deep on defence, and have also drawn into a fairly easy group, with Latvia, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

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