Canadiens’ Subban, Eller file for arbitration

Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban.

Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban and forward Lars Eller have filed for arbitration.

The restricted free agent was a cornerstone during the team’s recent playoff run, tallying five goals and nine assists in 17 games before bowing out to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference final.

In 82 games last season, the 25-year-old recorded 10 goals and 43 assists.

Subban was also a restricted free agent after the 2011–12 season. He ended up sitting out for the first four games games of the 2012-13 season while the two sides negotiated a contract.

In January 2013, he signed a two-year deal with Montreal worth $5.75 million. Following the 2012-13 season Subban was awarded the Norris Trophy.

In June, Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest reported that Subban is seeking a deal north of the seven-year, $45.5-million deal Alex Pietrangelo signed in September 2013.

Eller amassed five goals and eight assists in the Canadiens’ recent playoff run. The 25-year-old recorded 12 goals and 14 assists in 77 games last season.

Drafted 13th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2007 NHL Draft, Eller was traded to the Canadiens in June 2010, along with Ian Schultz, in exchange for goaltender Jaroslav Halak.