LARS ELLER – Signs Lockout Contract with Jyväskylä Finland

Oct 29th, 2012 | By | Category: Canadiens, Latest News

Lars Eller will be joining five of his Canadien teammates overseas.   He has signed a lockout contract with Jyväskylä  JYP of the Finnish SM-liiga.  The hockey club announced the signing on it’s website early Monday.  JYP is the defending SM-liiga champion.

With European teams about to take the November schedule break,  Eller’s debut will be delayed until   November 16th against Tappara Tampere.  He’ll be joining Boston’s Rich Peverley plus Montreal area natives and former NHLer’s Eric Perrin and Ramzi Abid.

Jyväskylä is a university city of 130-thousand located 270 kilometres north of Helsinki in the lake country of central Finland.

Eller is the eighth member of the Canadiens roster to head overseas including Andrei Markov(currently injured) and Alexei Emelin who are playing in the KHL, Tomas Plekanec in the Czech Extraliga, Yannick Weber and Raphael Diaz  are in Switzerland.   Tomas Kaberle and Max Pacioretty have since returned home.

With the NHL officially locked out until at least December first and more likely  until the New Year, expect an avalanche of European signings over the next week or so.  David Desharnais and Scott Gomez are known to have already had contact with European teams.  Desharnais is apparently interested in Russia while Gomez has approached at least one team in Germany.  Gomez has been working as a colour commentator for his hometown Alaska Aces TV and radio broadcasts.

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3 Comments to “LARS ELLER – Signs Lockout Contract with Jyväskylä Finland”

  1. philippe ouimet says:

    Ron,
    It’s starting to look like a long dragged out lockout the egos of those two roosters are so big …..nobody wants to negotiate in good faith so much so that players are beginning to realize that the season is rappidly going down the drain!!!! On a positive note it’s nice to see European teams making room for our players

  2. reusch says:

    When the players placed their three-part proposal on the table a week ago, I thought there was a starting point for serious negotiation and the possibility of a settlement by the first of December. With the NHL’s out-of-hand rejection of the proposals, no scheduled meetings in the future and the probability of the Winter Classic cancellation by the end of the week, both sides are entrenched.
    I am now sure we will not have hockey until January, if then. Remember, during the 2004 lockout, Gary Bettman and the owners trashed the entire season on February 15th 2005.

  3. philippe ouimet says:

    I wish I could disagree with you but you appear to see the situation as it really is. I would add to all this mess the following observation….mr Bettman during his entire mandate as Commisionner NEVER and I’m pretty sure of what I’m writing ….he NEVER loss one dispute may it be with the players, the NHLPA or the owners. With the implementation of all his rules and regulations Mr Bettman weilds a big and powerful stick even if it appears to be more challenging for him to deal with Donald Fehr…..In my opinion Gary Bettman is a born pit bull and won’t budge an inch either the players association caves in to his demands or there will be no hockey!!!!!

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