Lars Eller was active on both social media and in real life this weekend.
After going golfing with his daughter Sophia, Eller put on his finest falconry glove and caught a raptor on his left hand.
Lars Eller went out exploring with his family on Wednesday several weeks after the Capitals was bounced from the Toronto bubble by the New York Islanders.
Eller posed in photos with his wife Julie and daughter Sofia from the National Mall.
Lars Eller spoke to reporters for the first time since getting out of quarantine on Wednesday morning. The Capitals’ third-line center missed Game One of the Capitals’ first-round series against the New York Islanders, a 4-2 loss, and will return to the lineup for Game Two, subbing in for the injured Nicklas Backstrom.
“I love when those challenges happen,” Eller said of moving up into a top-six role. “I don’t change the way I think about the game or prepare myself. I think it’ll basically mean I’ll be playing more minutes than I otherwise would. My mentality is the same: try to go out there and play a strong two-way game and create offense every shift. I’ve had very good experience playing with Osh and V in the past.”
But Eller’s experience leaving the bubble was not as good. The Danish center had to make a painful decision to limit his possible exposure to COVID-19 and his four days quarantined away from his teammates in a Hotel X room made him feel helpless.
Ont of the biggest questions surrounding the Capitals right now is the status of defenseman John Carlson. Carlson, who was injured in the Caps exhibition game, did not play in any of the round-robin games. On Sunday, Todd Reirden said he was hopeful that the Norris Trophy finalist would be ready for Game One.
Carlson is officially a game-time decision for Wednesday’s game, while Lars Eller, who is quarantined in his hotel room, is out. The rest of the squad practiced on Tuesday.
Todd Reirden spoke to reporters in a Zoom video conference after Monday’s optional practice. During which, we learned that it might not be easy for Lars Eller to immediately step back into the lineup for Game One of the Capitals’ first-round series against the New York Islanders on Wednesday.
Eller, who left the bubble for the birth of his second child, Alexander, returned to Toronto’s Hotel X on Saturday.
The Capitals announced Wednesday that forward Lars Eller has left the quarantine bubble in Toronto to return to Washington for the birth of his child. Eller and his wife Julie announced in March that they are expecting their second child, a boy, on August 8. Eller’s departure from the team was pre-planned.
As the first week of the NHL’s Return To Play plan wraps up, it’s clear the steps the Washington Capitals are taking to keep their facility safe during the coronavirus pandemic are working. Friday, I was the first RMNB reporter to attend a practice since the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the rest of the regular season on March 12.
Personally, I was nervous to go. I have been self-isolating since March. Other than grocery store trips, I’ve stayed inside. I’ve only let my family and roommate be in my quarantine bubble.
I’m happy to report the Capitals did everything they could to make media members feel safe. There were big differences in how practices were conducted and how media members could operate than before.
Washington Capitals center Lars Eller told reporters in a Zoom meeting Tuesday that his pregnant wife Julie is expecting their second child, a boy, on August 8. Eller is already the father of a girl, Sophia.
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