Yesterday morning, the Washington Capitals announced that they have reached an agreement with 3rd line center Lars Eller to a lengthy five-year contract. He will earn $3.5 million per season and complete the contract by 2022-2023 with $17.5 million, which is the full payout.
Eller has been a critical contributor to the Caps’ success since he signed with the club. Washington struggled for a while searching for solid centers, rotating guys to find something special. Once Evgeny Kuznetsov inked, Caps established their top two centers along with assistant captain Nicklas Backstrom. With Jay Beagle taking the 4th line center job, the 3rd line center job was left vacant and crucial for team success
Lars was picked up from the Montreal Canadiens in a trade in exchange for a couple of 2nd round draft picks and was given the shot the Caps needed. The following seasons were a complete turn around for the ‘Great Dane’, establishing a top 9 forward mentality rather than a bottom 6. Since being traded from Montreal to the Washington, Eller has maintained a positive +/- rating above 5 and contributed no less than 25 points per season. Through 53 games thus far, he has 28 points and is on pace to pass his career high (30).
Eller’s contract will go until he is 34 and I personally look forward seeing him contribute to the Capitals’ organization for the upcoming years. Congratulations to the Great Dane on being paid and go Caps!