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Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadiens should probably pipe down now

Lars Eller made headlines when he said that the Edmonton Oilers reminded him a bit of a junior hockey team. He reportedly regrets the comments, but getting lit up by the team you just talked smack about can be a pretty humbling experience. Eller has been one of the biggest surprises of the young NHL season, and for good reason.

It may seem like common sense that you can’t kick a dog when they’re down in this league. The Oilers were in desperate need of a pick-me-up, and you can bet they heard each and every one of Eller’s condescending comments.

The simple question, now that all the dust has settled after the Edmonton and Montreal contest, is who does Lars Eller think he is anyway? He’s widely viewed as a flop, having gone to the St. Louis Blues with the 13th overall selection in 2007. Prior to this season, Eller’s biggest year was a 16 goal, 12 assist output two years ago.

Five goals early in the season and suddenly you have the pedigree needed to down-talk a loaded team like the Oilers? We’ll chalk it up to a learning experience for the kid, but that takes a lot of gull.

38 goals in 218 games isn’t akin to a microphone in the NHL. The NFL is that-away, if you’re interested in smack talk based on anything outside of reality.

Tags: Lars Eller Montreal Canadiens NHL

  • Pierrot

    You’re really embarrassing yourself. Everything Eller said was right. You probably prefer this normal “You know we have to focus on ourselves” bs, right? Seriously, 99% of all player interviews are boring and predictable Why? Because players instantly get criticised by people like you when they are being honest and offer a real opinion.

    His words also had no impact on the game as the Oilers completely sucked in the first period.

    Eller is widely viewed as a flop? He has become an excellent 2nd line centre. I´m not really surprised you didn´t notice that yet.