Lars Eller gets traded to Avalanche for second rounder in 2025

Lars Eller, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Lars Eller, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

The Washington Capitals aren’t done making moves after a busy and insane day yesterday for them and the NHL. They just traded the Great Dane Lars Eller to the Colorado Avalanche for a 2025 second rounder. As part of the deal the Caps will retain 31 percent of Eller’s salary for the remainder of the season.

Now the Caps own 22 total picks in the next three drafts. They currently have five picks in the 2023 NHL Draft, eight picks in 2024, and nine picks in 2025. The Capitals own their firsts second, fourth, fifth and seventh round picks in 2023 as well as Boston’s third round pick and Minneosta’s third round pick in 2024 and their first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh round picks in 2025 as well as Colorado’s second round pick and Boston’s second round pick in 2025.

Eller is 33 and has recorded 16 points in 60 games with the Caps this season with seven goals and nine assists. Eller has registered 364 points in 930 career games with 160 goals and 204 assists.

Eller won the Stanley Cup with the Caps in 2018 and had two big goals in that run to begin and end it. He had the overtime goal in Game 3 of a double overtime first round game between the Caps and Blue Jackets where the Caps came into the game down 0-2 in the series in a must win.

The other goal he had was the game winning goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. It came late in the third period with the game tied as the puck sat behind Marc Andre Fleury before Eller poked it in.

That spring saw the Capitals center score seven goals and add 11 assists for 18 points. He finishes his Caps career having played for seven seasons and 488 games with 87 goals and 121 assists for 208 points.

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This was a necessary move that had to be done. We wish The Tiger the best.