ellerCanadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has unique ways of doing business.  And I mean that in a good way.

Going into his scheduled arbitration Lars Eller was reportedly asking for 3.1 million dollars for each of his next two years.

In return for an additional two years, the Canadiens gave Eller 400 thousand dollars more.  Eller has agreed to four year 14 million dollar deal, which averages out to 3.5 million per season.

In his salary arbitration proposal, Lars Eller asked for 3.1 million dollars for each of  two years.  As part of their own arbitration proposal the Canadiens had offered 1.65 million dollars.  Most of these disputes are settled at a midpoint saw-off, in this case in the neighbourhood of 2.5 million dollars.  In fact that’s the way it turned out.  The contract will pay $2.5 million over the first two years, then when his UFA years would have kicked in  $4.25 million and $4.75 million for the final two.  By shifting the focus of the deal to four years, the two sides were able to arrive at what seems to be a pretty good arrangement for both parties.

Ultimately, Eller gets an average 400 thousand dollars more than the amount he asked and in return the Canadiens delay dealing with Eller’s unrestricted free agency for two additional years.  Eller now is under contract to the end of the 2017-2018 season.

Now, Bergevin faces the P.K. Subban contract.   His arbitration date is Friday, August first.  With 22 players under contract, the Canadiens have 11.65 million dollars in salary cap space remaining.

From Canadiens Communications

MONTREALMontreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the team has agreed to terms on a four-year contract with forward Lars Eller (2014-15 to 2017-18).

“We are very pleased to have agreed upon a long term agreement with Lars Eller. 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”, said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

In 77 games with the Canadiens in 2013-14, Eller totaled 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists). He tallied two goals on the powerplay, one while shorthanded and scored three winning tallies. He led the team forwards with 130 hits and recorded 137 shots on goal, while averaging 15:57 of ice time per game.

The 6’02’’ and 215 lbs centerman ranked second on the team with 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in 17 playoffs contests. He finished second with the Canadiens with a +6 differential.

Eller, 25, has produced 103 points (45 goals, 58 assists) in 286 regular season contests since his NHL debut with the St. Louis Blues in 2009-10. He has scored six powerplay goals, three shorthanded tallies and eight winning goals. He shows 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) in 25 playoff games.

A native of Rødovre, Danemark, Eller was drafted by the Blues in the first round, 13th overall at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired, along with Ian Schultz, from St. Louis on June 17, 2010, in return for Jaroslav Halak.