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Eller, Habs agree to four-year, $14 million contract

Jul 24, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT

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Lars Eller and the Montreal Canadiens were able to avoid arbitration by agreeing to a four-year contract extension. Although Montreal didn’t disclose the financial terms of the deal, the contract is worth $14 million, according to TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie.

“We are very pleased to have agreed upon a long term agreement with Lars Eller … He is the type of player you can rely on for his play at both ends of the rink. Lars can play big minutes against the opponents’ top players and still be an offensive threat,” Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said, per the team’s website.

Eller had 12 goals and 26 points in 77 games last season, but Bergevin thinks the 25-year-old forward still has untapped upside. He gave Montreal a taste of that during the lockout shortened 2013 season when he recorded 30 points in 46 contests.

He’s coming off of a two-year, $2.65 million contract and was seeking a big raise through arbitration. He had reportedly requested a $3.1 million salary for the 2014-15 campaign while Montreal had countered with $1.65 million. In the end, it seems that big gap was overcome by shifting the focus to a longer term deal.

  1. withseidelinn - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Oh man, those last 2 years are bad.

    • dueman - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Why? He’s only 25 years old…

  2. Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    He’s decent forward with loads of potential. He looks like Mats Sundin in his prime when Dion Phaneuf is on the ice.

    • spezzdispenser - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      Just to balance things out…

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        Good hit by Gryba. Horrible pass by Diaz. That’s why they call that the suicide pass. Almost impossible to not get caught with your head down.

  3. thesportsjudge - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Seems to be a fair deal for both sides.

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    I like Eller a lot but I’m really surprised the Habs settled above $3. The kid has good size, upside, and is defensively responsible but he hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations in the offensive zone. 3.5 is a big jump from the 1.65 they were offering. I guess it’s because the final two years of the contract are UFA years, which raises the pricetag, but we’re talking about a player who’s career high in goals is 16 and who has 20 in his last 123 regular season games. I’m just surprised Montreal gave him that much.

    However, if he does become a 25-goal guy, with the way salaries are shooting up, he’ll be a huge bargain.

    • missthemexpos - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      Maybe the extra over $3 is for taking it to a higher level come playoff time.

  5. lennaykekua - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Perhaps he could lend a few of those dollars to Patrick Cote

  6. bsaures - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    The reason he got this kind of money was because he has proven that given decent line mates he can produce. The last couple years when put on a line with galchenyuk and galagher he put up points at a good pace and the line in general was effective. Once he got switched around and bourque and brierr became his linemates his production went in the toilet (I wonder why lol) given his rw this year will likely be sekac or andrigetto and hopefully galchenyuk he should put up decent numbers

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