Richard Labbe of La Presse reported on Monday morning that Eller had been informed by the Canadiens that he will not be moved before the deadline passes at 3 p.m. ET. Habs general manager Marc Bergevin delivered the news to Eller and his agent himself, according to the report.
“Lars (will) not go anywhere, Mark has already told us,” said the player’s agent, Kevin Epp, in a telephone interview with La Presse. “What (has been) said about Lars recent weeks, these are only speculations. The Canadiens (do) not seek to replace (him).”
Eller has been a productive player for the Canadiens since joining the franchise from the St. Louis Blues in a trade for goalie Jaroslav Halak in 2010. He has 68 goals and 148 points in Montreal and is considered one of the better shutdown defensive centers in the game.
Montreal isn’t shy about trading assets at this deadline, having traded Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.