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Habs’ Eller compares Oilers to ‘junior team’

Oct 22, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens face the Edmonton Oilers two times this season, including Tuesday night. That’s worth noting because Lars Eller could become a marked man, as he compared the Oilers to a junior team when asked what to expect from Edmonton by Canoe.ca.

“It can be anything, you know? They play a little bit like a junior team, I think, sometimes,” Eller said. “They take a lot risks, a lot of chances. They’re a little all over the place. There’s not a lot of structure always in their game. It can really be anything. You don’t know.”

That’s some serious bulletin board material (assuming junior teams have bulletin boards).*

Eller, 24, is riding high in a contract year right now, so it feels a bit like kicking someone when they’re down. Then again, maybe he’s just being refreshingly honest.

Either way, it should be interesting to see if Edmonton makes him pay. So far, they’re not; the Canadiens hold an early 2-0 lead Tuesday. Update: The Oil got the last laugh with a 4-3 win.

* – Kidding, of course. Take it easy, OHL/WHL/QMJHL fans.

(H/T to The Score.)

  1. TippySaysNo - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    I was thinking Midget not Junior.

  2. sjtorpitt - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Lmfao.

  3. earpaniac - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Ouch, and lol!!

  4. jrocknstuff - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Great, now we’re going to have to hear Eller say that the quote was “taken out of context.”

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    That quote is taken out of context. He’s not saying they’re a junior quality team – just that their style is.
    Their a run and gun style team & most would argue that’s a losing style in the NHL (because they would be right)

  6. missthemexpos - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    I remember Wayne Gretzky calling the Devils a Mickey Mouse club so a junior team is not so bad.

  7. sabatimus - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    I’d expect nothing less from a Habs player.

    • micasa81 - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      You mean, not sugar coating what he says to the press? Bruins trolls are attracted to Habs posts like dogs to a turd pile.

    • joey4id - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:28 AM

      Yeah! Because every player who joins a team are given a book to read about how the team expects team to represent the organization who pay them. Habs players are asked to provide fodder to the press. I don’t think so, sebatimus. That said, you’re out of line when criticizing an opponent who’s clearly struggling to find its game.

  8. btlpper68 - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    So the habs lost to JUNIOURS team?

  9. withseidelinn - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Typical zero class organization

    • joey4id - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:32 AM

      Right! Because the Habs organization is classless. I suppose you judge an organization by the conduct of the minority. That would be like calling congress moronic idiots for closing down the gov’t and costing the US economy 24 billion smacks in the process when clearer this happened because of a minority of individuals. Or perhaps we’re all murderers because a member of our society killed someone.

      • withseidelinn - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        Horrible examples.

  10. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Unfortunately comments such as these are always used as fuel to be added to the fire.

    Yes; the Oilers are a young team, with a game that needs to be refined. However, if they keep this team together for a substantial period I see great things that could come about. Their young guns have ample skills, however need to be refined.

    The Canadians however have two young players Galchenyuk and Gallagher who play eerily similar to the young guns from Edmonton. Which is ironic that Eller has been paired with similar players whom he mad the Junior comment to.

    Its almost as tho he’s bitting the hands that feed.

    PS: I am neither a Habs or Oils fan, just an outside observer.

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