Canadiens’ centreman Lars Eller speaks to the media at the Bell Sports Complex on Saturday.
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Lars Eller doesn’t remember being hit during Game 1 of the Habs’ playoff series with the Ottawa Senators or being carried off the ice on a gurney. But the popular Canadiens’ forward reports that he’s feeling well after suffering a concussion, broken nose and broken teeth when he was checked by Senators defenceman Eric Gryba.
“I don’t remember much. There’s a good gap of a 10-minute period where I don’t remember anything,” Eller told reporters Saturday at the Canadiens’ practice facility in Brossard.
“But I’m happy to be where I am today and feeling how I’m feeling,” he said.
“As a matter of fact, I’m getting close to actually be playing again so it could have been a lot worse.”
Eller and the rest of the team cleared out their lockers on Saturday in Brossard. They also underwent exit physicals and met with Canadiens’ general manager Marc Bergevin and head coach Michel Therrien.
Eller said he had several symptoms for a few days that are quickly starting to go away.
“I’ve been feeling really good for the last three or four days and have been allowed to step up my training and get back close to game shape. So the recovery has been going really well.”
While he doesn’t have any symptoms per se from the concussion, Eller said: “I have done some tests that point to the fact that I’m not recovered completely. But as far as symptoms go, I would say symptom-free.”
He declined to comment on the hit, which landed Gryba a two-game suspension.
“The suspension was handed out and I’ll leave it at that.”
“I don’t think it’s going to be the last hit in the NHL that we’re going to see like that,” Eller said. “I think the league is doing the right thing, trying to get those things out of the game. That’s all I’m going to say.”
“It was an awful experience for everybody that watched, especially my family” said Eller, who added he is grateful to “still be able to play hockey and be where I am.”
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