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Eller regrets ‘poor choice of words’ after calling Oilers ‘junior team’

Oct 23, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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The day after his words apparently fired up the Oilers to the point where they were able to win a hockey game, Lars Eller was apologetic.

Eller, who referred to Edmonton as a “junior team” that was “all over the place” prior to Tuesday’s 4-3 loss, admitted he used a “poor choice of words,” in describing the Oilers.

“It wasn’t my intention to be disrespectful against [Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins] or anybody else,” Eller explained, as per the Canadian Press. “You win some, you lose some, you learn from it.”

The effect of Eller’s words was heightened thanks to Eakins, who made a point of calling out the Danish forward for firing up his team, which was 2-6-1 heading into last night.

“When you have a player like Lars Eller running his mouth before the game, it makes for great banter in our dressing room and great motivation,” Eakins said. “That is a total hockey god thing. I’m sure that young man has learned his lesson, and I highly doubt you’ll see anything like that out of his mouth again.”

Now feels like a good time to point out that, 10 games into his NHL coaching career, Eakins is hat-tipping Eller and the “hockey gods” for helping his club win its third game of the year.

  1. sabatimus - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    What’s to regret? C’mon, Lars, jinx every Habs game from here on out.

  2. ruddigervancity - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    EAKINS! Feeling it down in his plums!

  3. cduff22 - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Could someone tell Eller to tell the Flyers that they are playing like a pee wee team. They need a jump start too.

  4. c9castine - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    im not so sure its that great that your team needs to be called names to wanna play NHL hockey. maybe thats the issue you sjould address with your young team eakins. this guy, im not convinced hes the coach some people think. he doesnt have that calm understated confidence and maturity like bylsma and boudreau had when they came on the scene.

  5. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    I don’t think anyone on a team with Montreal’s “size” should be saying any other teams look like juniors.

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