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Habs’ Prust calls Sens coach MacLean a ‘bug-eyed fat walrus’

May 3, 2013, 12:27 PM EDT

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The name-calling has officially begun after just one game of the Montreal-Ottawa series.

And the first name, so far as names go, was a pretty good one.

When asked today about last night’s post-game comments of Senators head coach Paul MacLean, Canadiens forward Brandon Prust said that he didn’t care what “that bug-eyed fat walrus” said.

What MacLean said, if you care, was that Habs defenseman Raphael Diaz was the one to blame for Montreal’s Lars Eller being sent to the hospital after being hit by Ottawa’s Eric Gryba.

“(If I’m Eller), I’m really mad at (Diaz), whoever he is, because he passed me the puck in the middle of the rink when I wasn’t looking,” said MacLean. “That’s always been a dangerous place as far as I know. Ever since I’ve been playing this game, that’s a dangerous place to be — bad things happen.

“I think it’s a hockey play that ended up going badly for Lars Eller.”

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien also ripped MacLean today, calling the comments disrespectful.

Game 2 goes tonight at the Bell Centre.

  1. Stiller43 - May 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Thats not really fair for prust to say. I agree on the bug eyes part, but for a walrus, i wouldnt say he’s much bigger than average.

    • timsabourin - May 3, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      insult to walruses everywhere

    • chicagobtech - May 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      He’s not much of a walrus. Andy Reed and Jamie Hyneman both lead their races for the Walrus King.

      • mydadyourmom - May 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        please – the Walrus himself, Craig Stadler dominates.

      • laxman1944 - May 3, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        Totally Stadler

    • rgotoguy - May 3, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      I thought the walrus part is in reference to his walrus-esk mustache.

    • elimanningbobblehead - May 3, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      After watching the hit over and over again..it is a brutal hit BUT.. in this day of the game it was illegal… back in the day (and i am talking in the 90’s and 2000’s) Scott Stevens laid a few of these on quite a few players ( can anyone say Eric Lindros) and skated away with no penalty… The Sens player is like 6’5 and the Montreal player is just caught in a bad place. Anyone who plays knows how fast the game can be…. For the coach to say it was the defenseman’s fault is just plain retarded . (am I allowed to say that nowadays or is it PC to say mentally challenged??) GO RANGERS !!!

      • sunderlanding - May 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        It’s not illegal. You ARE allowed to hit the head in today’s NHL, as long as it’s a full body check. This is clearly a full body check. There is nothing wrong with this hit.

    • sabatimus - May 3, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      This reminds me of when Jose Canseco called Will Clark a “slow, three-toed sloth with no arms.”

  2. themagicman1223 - May 3, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    What a dumb thing to say, Maclean only spoke the truth.

    • blackfoot11 - May 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      Agreed. Keith Jones and J.R. said the same thing during the intermission coverage, that Diaz should not have passed the puck to the middle of the ice while Eller was in a compromising position at the blueline/neutral ice area.

  3. drewsylvania - May 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Ken Hitchcock is a better example. Although with him, it’s more of an undead walrus.

    • laxman1944 - May 3, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      We never should have gotten rid of Hitch……….still pisses me off.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Mu-mu-mustache might be the only likeable thing about the Sens. Telling it like it is counts as being disrespectful? Shut your yap, Therien. You need to focus on Game 2.

  5. freneticgarfieldfan - May 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Maybe MacLean would be a little offended if this came from a respected player. But from a douchebag like Prust? Maybe not so much.

    • chateauguaychase - May 3, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Douchbag? Wow! He is showing that he is a team player and that the Habs are a close nit bunch. I commend him for taking the lead and saying something about McLean’s comment

  6. charliereno - May 3, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Does this mean that there will actually be a ECQW series worth watching? I’m impressed.

  7. myroncopesflask - May 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    I wish Prust was on the Pens!

    • laxman1944 - May 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Totally agree…..I was hoping to Philly would get him……I like his game.

      I think he’s a perfect fit in MTL….he’s what the team needed really..

      Whether you like it or not you still need the tough grinders who play with a physical edge.

  8. dumbassgreg - May 3, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    i lost all a lot of respect for mclean blaming someone else. especially after he and senators thought matt cooke should killed for karllsson. mclean showed he from the weak soft sad world of the charlie sheen,mel gibson. we are poor victims when we are wronged. when we do something bad it is your fault. he could have at least said we hope lars eller is going to be okay. he did not even know his name till someone in the media told him. pathetic. wonder if melnyk will get the csi guys too look this over like cooke.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - May 3, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      It might not have been the whole quote. The mediots know how to twist something to look bad. McLean was right in what he said, and no, he did not organize the witch hunt against Cooke. That was just Melnyk. You need to think a bit more when you comment there, Greg. So far most of your comments have failed in this department.

      • dumbassgreg - May 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        actually saw all of his press conference media did not twist his words. i do think at least he could found eller name and wished him good health.’s.are you a senators fan.always laugh everyone talks about canucks fans their the world is picking on us. actually no one is worse in canada then sens fans professional victims.. cbc,cherry,toronto media elites the league etc everyone is out to get them lmao.melnyk was supported by all organization in his point of view. interviews with murray mclean etc exist that support melnyk 100%.

      • thesableo - May 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        “You need to think a bit more when you comment there, Greg.”
        His name is DUMBASSGREG. What in god’s name did you expect?

      • lostpuppysyndrome - May 6, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        Yeah, yeah, I know. :P

    • sunderlanding - May 3, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      It’s not his job to know the names of the players on the other team. This was a legal hit. What he said was true. I know it sounds brutal, but for anyone who’s watched hockey longer than the last five years this is a clean hit with a horrible result.

      • dumbassgreg - May 3, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        a good compassionate person starts their press conference wish eller good health. yes knowing his name would be nice.. at least that is the way my parents raised me. wierd i guess

      • sunderlanding - May 3, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        Well your parents didn’t raise you to be an NHL coach. Who cares if he wished him good health or not? It’s not like he wished him bad health. It didn’t come up. Anyone would assume he doesn’t want him to die, so why does he have to go through the motions of saying it? Just as a point of reference Montreals coach didn’t wish Lars the best. It didn’t come up for either coach.

  9. hockeywithdrawal - May 3, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Can’t say I’m a Prust fan, but damn that is an awesome comment. They should make interviews with him mandatory…there should be more name calling in hockey.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - May 3, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      There is plenty of it, just more of the four-letter-word kind. I bet Prust was holding back.

  10. chateauguaychase - May 3, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    McLean didn’t actually say Diaz. He said number 61 which was his downfall. He knew exactly who #61 was ( or if he didn’t know the name of a top 4 defenseman he was playing against). What an idiot comment by McLean.

  11. kymani23 - May 3, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    I think that the Ottawa Sens Coach should apologize to the injured Habs Player’s Family.

    • spiciercheez - May 3, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Why?

      • kymani23 - May 3, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        Because he surely wasn’t concern at that moment (we did not know the extent of the player’s condition)

      • spiciercheez - May 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        I mean I’m sure he was asked a question about the hit itself and he responded to it. Nothing to apologize about as far as that goes.

  12. gbar22 - May 3, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Incredibly immature of Prust and in a world where everyone is always arguing for the end of bullying the player Prust should be reprimanded. He just justifies the bully kid going up to the heavy set kid to poke fun. It’s pathetic and a terrible example to set.

    As far as MacLean goes he’s right it appeared to me and what seemed to be the consensus here that it was a clean hit and a hockey play gone bad. Oh and what has Prust ever done? Maclean could be considered coach of the year the last two years running for what he has gotten out of that senators team.

    Disclaimer I strongly dislike the senators.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 3, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      Please take this garbage to the soccer mom page

  13. pepper2011 - May 3, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Habsman has been oddly silent today. I think we can all safely assume that he is in fact, Lars Eller.

  14. modellforprez - May 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    A bug eyed fat walrus. hey prust dont what did the walrus’s do to you to be compared to such a lard ass. anyway dude chill your coach is named Me-shell.

  15. tdrusher225 - May 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Watch Prust get traded to Ottawa lol

    • pepper2011 - May 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Not with that contract. That’s a MTL special.

      nice diving call Prust, you tool.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Prust signed a 4 year deal worth 10 million, it’s a fine contract. There isn’t a boat load of left wingers that can play responsible defense, score 10 goals and give you 10+ fights sticking up for teammates.

      • pepper2011 - May 3, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        Including Prust.

        He averages 7.5 goals per 82 games
        He had one good year. One.

        2.5 million is too much

        I hate Cooke and Torres but they actually fall into the category you think Prust is in. They make 1.4m -cooke and 1.75m Torres. There are younger guys, but who make much less, but I tried to find comparables.

        Matt Hendricks who is balls makes 800K
        Nate Thompson who is balls makes 1.5-1.7m
        Chris neil about 2m

        Terrible contract.

    • dumbassgreg - May 3, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      if he or cooke joi playerns the senators they are the new favorite player. of course day neil leaves he is dirty. lmao

    • dumbassgreg - May 3, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      if he or cooke joins ottawa they are a fan favorite the same day. day neil leaves he becomes a dirty player lmao

  16. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Do anything you can to put the focus on you and away from the fact that Price looked shaky, you’re facing a must win game already and it’s only game 2.

  17. dumbassgreg - May 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    d-oh bad spelling first one lmao. yes a person who calls themself dumbass call laugh at themself. a few others here could use that ability lmao

  18. President Charles Logan - May 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    This nobody of a nothing Eric Gryba should be loving his 15 minutes of fame and glory that he’ll never have again

  19. isithockeyseasonyet - May 3, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Hilarious! I love playoff hockey

  20. malkinrulez - May 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Cooke’s hit on Karlsson was legal , didn’t stop a full blown temper tantrum from everyone from the owner down in Ottawa

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