Finally, a more significant move from the Western Conference.
In what has been a wild trade deadline for those teams in the Eastern Conference loading up for a Stanley Cup run, everyone has been wondering what move the current Cup champion Colorado Avalanche would make. They seem to have struck a deal.
It was just announced Wednesday morning right after the conclusion of morning skate Lars Eller would be moving to the Mile High City from the nation’s capital and the Washington Capitals as first reported by Elliotte Friedman. Going the other way in the deal is a 2025 second-round pick in the NHL Draft.
Hearing Lars Eller to the Avalanche— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 1, 2023
Eller comes to Denver as a depth pick-up for Jared Bednar and Chris MacFarland who are looking for more forward depth with both Gabriel Landeskog and Darren Helm possibly done for at least the regular season. The 33-year-old has seven goals and nine assists in 60 games with the Caps.
Lars Eller, traded to COL, is a veteran bottom six centre and penalty killer. pic.twitter.com/AxnXdWZTTh— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) March 1, 2023
While his stat line and JFresh card may not look ideal, it could be a solid pickup for the remainder of the season. With a $3.5M cap hit and 31 percent salary retention by the Caps on an expiring deal, it isn’t a bad move financially either. Eller has also been on the front end with playoff experience with the Caps, scoring two of their biggest goals in franchise history including the Stanley Cup-winning goal against the Vegas Golden Knights in 2018.
Lars Eller is a center with playoff experience. Had the Stanley Cup winner for Washington in 2018. He has 16 points in 60 games this year. pic.twitter.com/uxvYDPetVY— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) March 1, 2023
Lars Eller scoring the game winning goal to give the Capitals the cup. Clutch performer pic.twitter.com/CAXwmoikMb— Drew Livingstone (@ProducerDrew_) March 1, 2023
Eller will fill in the bottom six and likely play in a 4C role alongside Matt Nieto and Denis Malgin instead of Ben Meyers. It could signal the end for Darren Helm, as well as keeping J.T. Compher up in the 2C spot where has produced all season long. Eller likely won’t play in Wednesday night’s affair against the New Jersey Devils but could feature in one of the biggest games of the year away to the Dallas Stars on Saturday.
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