Capitals deal Lars Eller to Avs, extend Nick Jensen

The Colorado Avalanche acquired forward Lars Eller from the Washington Capitals on Wednesday in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft.

The Capitals will retain 31 percent of Eller’s salary as part of the trade.

“Solid, big, strong third-line center,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Wednesday. “That’s what he is. Penalty-killer, good on draws, lots of experience. I’d say this is good pickup.

Capitals deal Lars Eller

Eller, 33, collected 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 60 games this season with Washington.

He has 364 points (160 goals, 204 assists) in 930 games over 14 seasons with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens and Capitals.

St. Louis drafted the Denmark native in the first round (13th overall) in 2007. He won a Stanley Cup with Washington in 2018.

The Capitals now own 22 total picks in the next three drafts: five in 2023, eight in 2024 and nine in 2025.

Capitals extend Nick Jensen

The Washington Capitals re-signed defenseman Nick Jensen on Tuesday, giving the seven-year veteran a three-year extension worth an average of $4.05 million per season.

Jensen, 32, has notched 100 assists over his career, with 63 of those (along with nine goals) coming during his 4 1/2-year Washington tenure.

After being selected by the Red Wings in the fifth round of the 2009 draft, the Minnesota native tallied six goals and 37 assists over 2 1/2 seasons in Detroit before finishing the 2018-19 season in Washington following a February trade.

He has appeared in all 62 contests for the Capitals this season. Overall, he has played in 279 of a possible 289 games for Washington.

The Capitals are 29-27-6 (64 points) and sixth in the Metropolitan Division this season.

–Field Level Media