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Marc Bergevin has negotiated a short term deal with Lars Eller that gives the team a lot of flexibility over the next two years.
Eller took a big leap developmentally last season, being relied on for secondary tough matchups as well as big minutes on the penalty kill, something he'd never done before. Eller replied to the challenge with aplomb, putting up 16 goals (2 shorthanded) in his sophomore season and putting up some of the best penalty killing of any player in the NHL.
Eller also put up a game for the ages this year, scoring 4 goals against the Winnipeg Jets, including a beautiful spinerama on a penalty shot for the fourth goal.
Lars Eller's 4 goal, 5 point night against the Jets (via rvwv89)
What makes Eller's season even more impressive is that it was coming off of a summer where he had major shoulder surgery (the same surgery as Louis Leblanc) which prevented him from bulking up. Eller also had the worst quality of teammates of any Habs forward last season, which meant that almost all his even strength scoring was done despite his situation. Look for a much stronger, fitter Lars Eller this season, and he already looked strong last year, standing 6'2".
Update: Lars Eller will make $2.65M in total over his 2 year deal, $1.325M against the cap each year.