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Canadiens, Lars Eller agree on four-year pact

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:59:09 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) - The Montreal Canadiens announced that forward Lars Eller and the team have agreed to terms on a four-year contract.

The Canadiens released no financial details but several media reports placed the contract's total value at $14 million with an average annual value of $3.5 million.

"I'm very happy to be a Canadien for the next four years. This is the place I want to be," Eller said. "Four years was a term that both sides have been working on for quite some time."

The 25-year-old Eller had 12 goals and 26 points in 77 regular-season games in 2013-14 but found his stride in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Eller's five playoff goals were second on the Canadiens to Rene Bourque's eight, and his 13 points trailed only defenseman P.K. Subban's 14.

"I think the No. 1 one thing for me is consistency. I want to improve every area, but most of all consistency," Eller said. "I still think there's something to gain in my offensive part of the game."

A 2007 first-round pick (No. 13) of the St. Louis Blues, Eller was acquired by the Canadiens on June 17, 2010, as part of the trade that sent goaltender Jaroslav Halak to St. Louis.

"We are very pleased to have agreed upon a long-term agreement with Lars Eller," general manager Marc Bergevin said. "He is an important part of our group of young veterans. He has a tremendous work ethic and a great attitude."

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