Lars Eller has signed a five-year contract extension to remain with the Capitals through the 2022-23 season, the team announced Saturday morning.
The deal is worth a total of $17.5 million, with salaries of $5 million ($1 million signing bonus), $4 million ($1 million signing bonus), $2.5 million, $3 million and $3 million. (Figures courtesy of Caps reporter Mike Vogel.)
Eller’s average salary on the new deal will be $3.5 million, which is what he’ll earn this season.
The 28-year-old third line center was due to become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.
Eller is in the midst of a career year in Washington, having racked up 11 goals and 17 assists for the Metropolitan Division’s top team. That puts him on pace for a career-high 43 points.
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With Eller locked up, the Caps now have their top three centers in place for the next few years. Evgeny Kuznetsov inked an eight-year extension in July, while Nicklas Backstrom is signed through the 2019-20 season.
The remaining UFAs on the Capitals’ roster are John Carlson, Jay Beagle, Alex Chiasson and Taylor Chorney. The RFAs are Tom Wilson, Philipp Grubauer, Devante Smith-Pelly and Madison Bowey.