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Eller, Habs are $1.45M apart in arbitration submissions

Jul 23, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens and Lars Eller shared that salary arbitration submissions on Wednesday, with Eller’s request almost doubling his team’s assessment.

Eller wants: $3.1 million

Montreal counters with: $1.65 million

Both of those numbers come from a report by the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

The salary arbitration session is scheduled for Friday, so the two sides still have time to meet somewhere in the middle.

Eller, 26, didn’t enjoy the greatest contract year in 2013-14. He scored fewer points (26) in 77 games after managing 30 points in 46 games during the lockout-abbreviated 2012-13 campaign. He also had more points (28) in 2011-12, as well.

Eller carried a $1.325 million cap hit the past two seasons with a salary of $1.5 million in 2013-14. He was the main asset the Habs received when they sent Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues in the summer of 2010.

Canadiens blog Habs Eyes on the Prize isn’t certain a compromise will happen in that window of time, yet the idea of arbitration might not be so foreboding:

It’s easy to read into such a small bump offered by the Canadiens, but remember that this is a negotiation. Based on the arbitration awards of the past, and according to lawyers who assure me that these things tend to end up somewhere in the middle, expect to see Eller get somewhere between $2.2-2.5M per year on his new deal.

Either way, this isn’t the biggest task on Montreal GM Marc Bergevin’s to-do list, as P.K. Subban‘s arbitration session is scheduled for August 1.

  1. justinhbhb - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    I say they resign him for < 3 million for a year and see if the EGG line can connect again. And see if Eller can perform in a style similar to the playoffs.If not, trade him and put Galchenyuk to center and find a top 6 left wing to replace him.

    And why do people think he is so defensively aware? He was -15 this year! Nevermind being nonexistent on the score sheet for the majority of the year.

  2. withseidelinn - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    This guy started off SO well and then literally scored like 8 points the rest of the year. He absolutely does not deserve for his salary to be doubled.

  3. hanspard - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    3 million? Are you kidding?

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