Lars Eller C MON 21 Hrs

Lars Eller and the Montreal Canadiens had been talking about a four-year deal for "quite some time."

Eller and Montreal agreed to a four-year, $14 million contract on Thursday and avoided arbitration in the process. "Many times, your salary and your expectations go hand-in-hand. I've seen that here in Montreal," Eller said. "But, I put a lot of pressure on myself, too. I think it also speaks to how much the organization believes in me. It's nice to see that they've shown that faith in me. Now, it's up to me to go out and play the best hockey that I can." Eller will certainly have higher expectations on him now. He had 26 points in 77 games last season and will need to produce more to live up to his salary.

Lars Eller C MON 1 Day

The Montreal Canadiens have signed Lars Eller to a four-year, $14 million contract.

Eller had placed a one-year, $3.1 million contract request to an arbitrator and Montreal had countered with $1.65 million. In the end, the Canadiens were willing to give him a substantially higher cap hit than they had offered in order to lock him up. He had 26 points and 68 penalty minutes in 77 games last season, but he's capable of more than that and Montreal is likely betting on him taking a significant step forward next season.

Lars Eller C MON 2 Days

Lars Eller wants an arbitrator to award him a $3.1 million contract.

Montreal has countered with $1.65 million, so there's obviously a substantial gap between the two sides. Eller had 26 points and 68 penalty minutes in 77 games with Montreal in 2013-14.

Lars Eller C MON 16 Days

Lars Eller's arbitration date is scheduled for July 25.

Eller has completed his two-year, $2.65 million contract. He had 12 goals and 26 points in 77 games in 2013-14.

Lars Eller C MON 20 Days

Lars Eller was one of 20 players who filed for salary arbitration before Saturday's deadline.

He produced 12 goals and 26 points in 77 games. Eller had a great start to the year, but he his point production fell off dramatically as the year progressed. He managed to rebound in the playoffs with 13 points in 17 matches.

Lars Eller C MON 2 Months

Lars Eller wants to develop into a more consistent player.

The 25-year-old forward is a restricted free agent this offseason. He tallied 26 points in the regular season, but he stepped up in the playoffs with 13 points in 17 games. "I want to be a top-six forward, and hopefully a center," Eller said. "That's still my goal, to round up into that player that can be depended on at both ends of the ice, playing in important situations, if you're down a goal or up a goal. That's the player I want to be."

Lars Eller C MON 2 Months

Lars Eller registered a shorthanded marker in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

His fifth goal of the postseason came late in the third period when the New York Rangers held a 7-1 lead. Eller also earned an assist on Rene Bourque's tally in the second period. He leads Montreal's forward group in scoring this playoffs with 11 points in 12 games.

Lars Eller C MON 2 Months

Lars Eller opened the scoring in Game 6 at the 2:11 mark of the opening period.

The Canadiens were gifted with the quick start thanks to a costly turnover by Boston rookie defender Kevan Miller. Eller's fourth goal of the playoffs ended up being the game winner in a 4-0 victory to force Game 7. He has amassed nine points in 10 games this postseason.

Lars Eller C MON 3 Months

Lars Eller picked up an assist in Thursday's double overtime win over Boston to stretch his playoff point streak to five games.

He has notched two goals and six points over that span. Eller is in the midst of breakout performance this year, as he had two helpers in his previous eight NHL postseason appearances.

Lars Eller C MON 3 Months

Lars Eller scored a goal in Game 4 to extend his playoff point streak.

He had two goals and three helpers in Montreal's first round series versus Tampa Bay for a four-game point spree. Eller has two goals on just six shots so far.