Lars Eller – Canadiens Agree To 4 Years

Photo: Bernard Brault/La Presse

Photo: Bernard Brault/La Presse

Lars Eller and the Montreal Canadiens avoid heading to arbitration, which was originally scheduled for July 25th, by agreeing to a four-year contract which will go through the 2017-18 National Hockey League season. According to Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette, worth 14 million dollars throughout the duration of the agreed upon new contract.

Eller is a 6’2″, 215lbs Centre forward from Rodovre, Denmark. The 25-year old is a 2007 first round selection by the St. Louis Blues and wears number 81 for the Montreal Canadiens.

Lars Eller was selected 13th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The Rodovre native was at the time the highest ever Denmark-born and raised hockey player draft pick (which was broken a year later). Eller played in Sweden developing his skill until 2009 when he was brought to North America and played 70 games with the St. Louis Blues’ AHL affiliate – Peoria Rivermen and seven with the Blues. St. Louis was not a place Eller called home for long, as he was shipped to the Montreal Canadiens along with teammate at the time Ian Schultz in 2010 in exchange for Jaroslav Halak.

After recording only 2 points in his short stint with St. Louis, Lars Eller has recorded 101 points for the Habs in 279 games that he has suited up for. Eller’s most dominant season to date was the shortest of his career, playing 46 games in the 2012-13 season where he put up a total of 30 points.

Lars Eller is now tied for the 6th highest paid member of the Montreal Canadiens current roster with David Desharnais whom he has an identical contract to, only behind Plekanec, Pacioretty, Parenteau, Markov and Price. Eller’s contract history includes a 3-year Entry Level Contract with St. Louis which in total valued at $3.9 million including bonuses, as well as a 2-year contract with Montreal valued at $2.65 million. All contract numbers are courtesy of capgeek.com.

 

The chart below compares the 2014-15 salary of Lars Eller plus four other players with similar statistics to Eller in the 2013-14 season.

Information: Capgeek.com

Information: capgeek.com * = AAV is the player’s annual average salary including performance bonuses. ** = Nelson is on an Entry Level Contract, making more performance bonuses than his annual salary.

 

The chart below compares the statistics of every player in the National Hockey League (as of July 24, 2014) that will be making an NHL salary of $3.5 million, which is the exact amount of Lars Eller’s contract.

Information: Capgeek.com

Information: capgeek.com * = Salary is as of the 2014-15 season, not including bonuses / Alex Tanguay only played 16 games due to injury.

 

Quotes from Lars Eller and Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin courtesy of Dave Stubbs and the Montreal Canadiens Official Website:

Arbitration is not something we wanted to do but if we had to, we would have done it” – Lars Eller (via twitter: @Dave_Stubbs)

Number one for me is consistency. When on top of my game, I want to improve every area but most of all consistency” – Lars Eller (via twitter: @Dave_Stubbs)

Playoffs helped my situation, they know what they have in me, this contract more than one season and one playoffs” – Lars Eller (via twitter: @Dave_Stubbs)

Very happy to be a Hab for next 4 years, this is the place I want to be. Four years is a term both sides have been working on quite some time” – Lars Eller (via twitter: @Dave_Stubbs)

“We are very pleased to have agreed upon a long term agreement with Lars Eller. He is an important part of our group of young veterans. He has a tremendous work ethic and a great attitude. 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. We are confident he will reach his full potential and become an impact player who will compete at a high level for many years to come” – General Manager Marc Bergevin (via Canadiens.NHL.com)

 

Eller had a much better playoff showing than his regular season. In the playoffs he averaged 0.76 points per game, while in the regular season he contributed 0.34 points per game. Below is how Eller ranks against the rest of the league in the 2013-14 season with playoff ranking in brackets with plus/minus being the most improved.

Goals: 199th (17th)
Assists: 317th (15th)
Points: 275th (20th)
Plus/Minus: 823rd (15th)
Penalty Minutes: 82nd (31st)
Shooting Percentage: 324th (25th)
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