Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Former Capital Lars Eller to Two-Year Contract

The Washington Capitals traded longtime Center Lars Eller to the Colorado Avalanche prior to the 2023 Trade Deadline, sending the 2018 Stanley Cup hero westward after seven seasons in DC. For the next two seasons, the club will be seeing a lot more of “Tiger” after the opening day of free agency saw the veteran forward return to the Metropolitan Division.

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed Eller to a two-year deal on the opening day of free agency.

Per The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta, the deal comes with an annual average value of $2.45 million.

Eller played nearly (488) 500 games in a Washington sweater, recording 208 Points (87 G, 121 A) and establishing himself as one of the team’s most important players down the middle.

However, the all-time Games Played leader among Danish-born NHL players is best remembered for his role in helping the Capitals win their first Stanley Cup in the summer of 2018, scoring a tide-changing overtime goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round before scoring the Cup-clinching goal in Game 5 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Eller struggled in his final two seasons in D.C. offensively, and was dealt to Colorado last season as the Caps’ playoff hopes faded and his contract approached expiration.

In a 14-season NHL career with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Capitals, and Avalanche, Eller has recorded 163 Goals, 208 Assists, and 371 Points in 954 Games Played


About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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8 Responses to Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Former Capital Lars Eller to Two-Year Contract

  1. Lance says:

    No! Not the Pens, Lars!

  2. novafyre says:

    Teams talk about getting younger but these over 30s just won’t go away.

  3. KennyLaff says:

    Big Lars Eller fan… this is certainly a Big ethical dilemma for me. The Caps better get to work on the Opening Night video tribute for the Tiger, who maybe tallies two points in a Pens loss.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Lars is playing dirty.

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