Canadiens sign centre Lars Eller to four-year deal


The Montreal Canadiens avoided arbitration with centre Lars Eller, agreeing to terms of a four-year contract with the 25-year-old Dane on Thursday.

Eller was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Friday. He reportedly asked for US$3.1 million for next season while the team offered $1.65 million.

Reports said Eller will be paid an average of $3.5 million per season.

``Very happy to be part of the Montreal Canadiens for 4 more years,'' Eller wrote on Twitter.

``We are very pleased to have agreed upon a long term agreement with Lars Eller,'' general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. ``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.''

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