Montreal Canadiens' fans can finally rest easy for awhile. The organization has avoided arbitration with forward Lars Eller. Eller signed a new four year, $14m contract with the Canadiens on Thursday. Eller will reportedly receive $3.5m per season. Montreal GM Marc Bergevin is delighted to have come to an agreement with the 25 year old centermen. He tallied 26 points in 77 games with the Canadiens last season.
This was a crucial signing for the Montreal Canadiens. Lars Eller has loads of potential and a great attacking mind-set that the Canadiens have benefited from. Eller has size, speed and continues to dominate opponents in the faceoff circle as well. He’s an excellent second or third line option for the Canadiens and will undoubtedly spend time on the penalty kill and powerplay lines as well.
I expected the organization would re-sign this kid. Lars Eller fits in really well with this group of players. However, I was very surprised at the length of the contract. I was expecting both sides to settle on a two year deal worth half the money he’s receiving now. Regardless, the deal is done and Lars Eller will be eager to build off last year’s success.
With Lars Eller signed, all attention turns to restricted free agent P.K. Subban. Subban was instrumental to the Montreal Canadiens success last season. He finished second in scoring with 53 points in 82 games. Plus he finished first in playoff points for Montreal with five goals and nine assists as well. This guy is the heart and soul of the team and the Montreal Canadiens can’t afford to lose him in my opinion. He’s a fan favorite and I’m sure many would agree that in time he could prove to be a great Captain as well. I’m sure he’s being considered to take on the responsibility, assuming the organization is able to resign him.
He sometimes makes rash decisions, but overall I believe P.K. Subban is one of the best defencemen in the NHL. He’s got incredible speed, a deadly slap shot and has been known to silence opponents with bone crushing hits. I really hope the Montreal Canadiens will be able to re-sign him. Quite frankly, I’m surprised Lars Eller was resigned before Subban.
I believe if the Montreal Canadiens do resign P.K. Subban, this team could potentially be in for another lengthy playoff campaign. And I’m sure Carey Price will have no probably carrying them through yet again. This guy was unbelievable for the Canadiens last year. He won 34 games last season and ended with a .927 save percentage. He single-handedly carried his team through the first round of the playoffs and beyond, tallying eight wins and ending with a .919 save percentage. If Carey Price can stay healthy and Dustin Tokarski can steal a few games, I believe this team has the potential to go to the Eastern Conference Finals again this year.