Colorado Avalanche add Lars Eller in deal with Washington Capitals

The Colorado Avalanche added veteran centre Lars Eller on Wednesday, sending a 2025 second round pick to the Washington Capitals in return. 

Eller had 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) in 60 games for Washington. He'll be an unrestricted free agent in the summer, coming off a five-year deal that paid him $3.5 million per season against the cap. 

Per Pierre Lebrun, the Capitals will also retain 31 percent of the salary for the remainder of this season. 

Eller's offensive production has taken a dip this season, but he's likely coming to Colorado to play a fourth line and penalty killing role. 

It's a move that feels similar to Colorado's acquisition at the 2022 deadline to bring in Andrew Cogliano. 

It's been a busy time for the Capitals who have been re-shaping their roster for the future, selling off pieces, like Eller, while also bringing in Rasmus Sandin in a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. 

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