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Lars Eller feels ‘completely healed’ from scary playoff injury

Aug 4, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

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About three months ago, Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller suffered a concussion and facial fractures from a frightening hit by Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba in Game 1 of their first-round series. That scary scene left many wondering if the 24-year-old would ever be the same.

As of Sunday, it appears as if he won’t be. Instead, he might actually be stronger than ever.

Eller indicated to the Montreal Gazette that he’s feeling great as in the best shape of his career, as he’s bulked up big time during this summer.*

“I feel great, completely healed,” Eller said. “I did some more testing in Brossard (in mid- to late May) to make sure everything was back to normal, to make sure there were no symptoms related to the concussion. There haven’t been any.”

” … I’m definitely fitter. That doesn’t necessarily mean I’m going to have a better season, but it’s going to give me a better platform to start from.”

Beyond bouncing back from that hit, Eller has motivation to boost his value during a contract year. He insists that he isn’t obsessing over it, however.

“The more you start thinking about chasing your next contract or the money, the more you have your focus in the wrong place,” Eller said. “You play your best when you’re just loving the game and having fun, thinking only about winning.”

If you need a reminder, here’s the hit that earned Gryba a two-game suspension (which Eller doesn’t really remember).

* – He’s reportedly weighing in at 220 lbs. after being listed around 201 in 2012-13.

  1. tru2joelu4eva - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    so happy for this kid, what great news.

  2. habs9 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    best news i’ve heard all day!

  3. hockey412 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    That’s good. I like Eller. I hope Gryba is also completely healed from being screwed up the backside on the suspension for a clean hit. And also from Orpik’s hit on him.

  4. greenmtnboy31 - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    It wasn’t a clean hit, it was a cheap shot to the head and one of many many blown calls by the officials during the post season. Hopefully, the NHL is taking a very serious look at the officials and doing a lot of off season training to improve their performance. That was among the worst displays of officiating I’ve ever seen and that includes the NFL’s experiment with replacement refs. The NHL refs in the postseason were awful as a group. Boychuck’s hit on Toews with no penalty and no subsequent suspension was another ridiculous and avoidable black eye for the league. The totally bogus call by Walkom to dissallow Chicago’s tying goal late in the Detroit game was just ridiculous. Then that gets followed up by Jagr’s blatant hooking on Bickell in the neutral zone to turn the puck over and get them a goal with no call???????????? That’s been a hooking call for the past five years, it was blatant, but the league wanted Boston to advance so no call. That’s why I no longer spend money on tickets to attend NHL games.

    The NHL has become a joke and now I’m hearing talk of expansion; sure water the league down some more with AHL level talent. They should be retracting and eliminating two teams; Phoenix & Florida.

    • thesportsjudge - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Now you just need to stop spending money for the internet to spew your stupidity.

    • dropthepuckeh - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Only you can take an article about Montreal and the Senators and blame it on the Bruins. Suck it up dude, it is hockey.

      • drewzducks - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        Would you expect anything else from greenmountsboys ?

  5. icer13 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Bad pass to Eller, defenseless position, but still according to the current interpretation of the rules, a dirty hit.
    And then Gryba’s coach,(“that fat, bug eyed walrus”) complains when his guy takes a similar type of hit.
    Fitting justice if you ask me.

  6. icer13 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    By the way, fitting too that a more skilled team like Chicago wins the cup, instead of the Neanderthal Bruins.

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