Lars Eller is bigger and plans to be better when the Canadiens hit the ice for the 2013-14 season.
The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs reports that Eller, who was listed at 201 pounds in last season’s team guide, is now 220 pounds – and not a gram of the weight anything but muscle.
The 24-year-old centre/forward enjoyed a breakout season in the lockout-shortened campaign, his 30 points in 46 games two points better than what he recorded in 79 games the year before. And then suddenly, his season came to a sickening, bloody end at the Bell Centre in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Eller flattened by Ottawa defenceman Eric Gryba at the Canadiens blue line.
“I’ve seen the replay, which is the closest I’m going to come to remembering it,” Eller told Stubbs on Saturday. “Maybe it’s a good thing that I don’t remember. It was a shocking incident for everybody watching. I haven’t really thought much about it since. It’s in the past.”
Eller returned to Montreal last week from his native Denmark, where he spent almost the past two months with his wife, Julie, and their 10-month-old child.
“I feel great, completely healed,” Eller said. “I did some more testing in Brossard (in mid- to late May) to make sure everything was back to normal, to make sure there were no symptoms related to the concussion. There haven’t been any.”
(Gazette file photo/Dario Ayala)