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Video: Oilers coach thanks Eller for ‘running his mouth’

Oct 23, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT

Whether Lars Eller‘s comments about the Edmonton Oilers being structured like a “junior team” were “taken out of context,” or not, Edmonton head coach Dallas Eakins apparently exploited them as a motivational tool. There’s probably more to the Oilers 4-2 win (after coming from behind 2-0) on Tuesday, but still, Eakins didn’t deny it.

Note: Eakins seems a little obsessed with “hockey gods” doesn’t he? Does he think that’s a real thing? So many questions.

The Oilers and Canadiens won’t meet again in 2013-14 unless it’s in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, so sadly, we won’t get a chance to see Eller try to get revenge.

So at least for now, the Oil get the last laugh.

Well, unless the hockey gods think that Eakins ran his mouth and should pay too. /gets confused

  1. serialthri11a - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Hopefully more individuals like Lars Eller come out and talk smack like he did. I like seeing the Oilers with some motivation. If thats what it takes.

    • davebabychreturns - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      Boy if a hilariously on-the-nose potshot is what it takes for the Oilers to get pumped up for a game then one has to question Eakins’ competence as a coach.

  2. kingsfan93 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    So pretty much, Dallas Eakins (head coach, too) will let someone like, Lars Eller, talk trash about his team. REALLY? I wonder what the players think of you, Eakins, because I would think your a weak individual who I lose respect for.

    • 19to77 - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:17 AM

      That’s… basically the opposite of what he said, but okay.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      I think Eakins’s sarcasm was lost on you, kingsfan. He likes to speak in little riddles and throw underhanded complements instead of stooping down to the name calling. Thanking Eller for calling the Oilers a junior team is like calling Eller a junior for making the comment in the first place.

      Kind of reminds me of last year when Don Cherry slammed Eakins for the way he was coaching Toronto’s AHL team. Eakins thanked Cherry and invited him to come watch a game anytime, because he’s never seen him at any of them. Basically saying Cherry doesn’t know what he’s talking about, he’s never even watched one of our games.

      • c9castine - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        After your don cherry story I like Dallas Eakins that much better. Don cherry is a loser.

  3. joey4id - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    Posting an opposing player’s comment on the dressing room board is one of the oldest tricks in the coach’s book. Eakins should have left it at that. Sad that he had to acknowledge it took an opponent’s comment to whip his team. Rookie mistake.

  4. wingz101 - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Wings fan here …

    The truth is that if you saw this game what Ellers said is true. Edmonton as a team has no clue how to play defense in its zone or how to break out of its own end. Between the second and third The RDS TV crew was showing how poorly Edmonton played defense. It did look like junior hockey.

    Edmonton has just won a couple of games so things look better right now however long term this looks like a team in serious trouble.

    Oh yeah … Carey Price is average at best anyone who thinks he has a shot at the olympic team it nuts.

    • hockey412 - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      Pens fan here – I was throroughly impressed with Edmonton, thought they looked like anything but a junior team. The difficulty you are seeing is also attributable to a new coach/system, but the talent on that team is anything but junior level. Seeing the same from NYR.

      Edmonton also has it’s fair share of bruised up players right now. Take Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Weiss and Franson out of the roster, and you see Detroit have some trouble getting up ice too.

      They are a YOUNG team, with a ton of talent. Still some holes to fix and injuries but they clearly do not look like a junior team. Ellers comments were motivation, Dallas was asked about it, and was proud his team responded.

      • wingz101 - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        I guess we’ll have to disagree. Maybe Hall was out of the game but Eberle, RNH, Hemsky, Yakupov, Justin Schultz, Smid, Perron, Ference and Dubnyk were all there. Edmonton has already given up 39 goals (most in the NHL).

        The looked clueless in the first period. Montreal was the team that was hurting with Pacioretty and Briere, among others missing.

        They maybe a young and talented team AT FORWARD but in nets and defense its pretty lame.

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