Lars Eller is on board again after finally signing a two-year, $2.65 deal, which, when cut in half, works out to $1.32 million, which is a good, but not overwhelming raise, over the $787,500 the Dane earned last season.
It’s good to have Eller signed. I think most of us thought and hoped he would, as the guy has shown hints of brilliance that we hope will eventually morph into brilliance on a regular basis. His four-goal, five-point night against the Winnipeg Jets last season was nothing short of magical, and was topped off with a spin-o-rama move on a penalty shot that made my heart soar like an eagle. So we see what can be.
Eller needs to find more loose pucks around the net, garbage goals that he can bury. He’s a playmaker with good hands, and whoever it is playing alongside him needs to crash and bang, create those loose pucks, and also accept and convert Eller’s set-ups. Help the guy elevate his game while doing it for yourself too.
Now it’s getting P.K. on the dotted line and Scott Gomez on the midnight train to Georgia or Anchorage, and much of Marc Bergevin’s work is done. Except for trades and finding a top-six big gun. Easy stuff.