There could be a side headline to tonight’s game between the Montreal Canadiens and the visiting Edmonton Oilers thanks to Habs forward Lars Eller‘s recent comments.
Captured by Chris Stevenson of Canoe.ca, Eller described the Oilers of playing “like a junior team sometimes.” Not exactly fighting words but it could merit posting the comments in Edmonton’s dressing room prior to tonight’s game and have it serve as additional motivation.
Eller was referring to the Oilers style of play and the “lack of structure” that exists when asked what he expects from the Canadiens’ opponents tonight.
More from Eller courtesy of Stevenson’s article:
“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
The old saying that ‘the truth hurts’ applies here when taking considering Eller’s comments. The Oilers have taken chances, been all over the place and out of position, not to mention that structure is a work in progress with this year’s team in Edmonton.
But regardless, the number one rule when discussing the other team with the media is that you never give them any bulletin board material. In other words, don’t give the opposition any reason to seek additional motivation. In this case, Lars Eller may have done just that.
Whether it’s true or not, having a 24-year old degrade your team in any fashion is enough to spark added energy. Let’s hope this resonates with the Oilers tonight and while they have to be careful not to let one player distract them from the two points at stake, this should be posted in their dressing room.
If the opportunity presents itself to remind Eller that the Oilers are in fact a team in the NHL, then take it, but don’t go looking for it. Otherwise Eller and his linemates could make this team look foolish. But not quite like a junior team, that’s a little far fetched.