After last night’s devastating hit to Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadiens in their game against the Ottawa Senators, both teams have been very vocal about how they feel about the hit. The comments that stirred up the most controversy were those said by Paul MacLean, coach of the Senators. MacLean blamed Canadiens defensman Raphael Diaz for passing Eller the puck in a dangerous area when he wasn’t looking. MacLean also said that the hit was just a hockey play that went bad for Eller.
The Canadiens were not happy about this comment from MacLean. Coach Michel Therrien called the comments disrespectful which is his opinion and it’s fine to voice an opinion. Where the Canadiens lost me was when Brandon Prust started talking about the comment:
“We don’t really care about what that bug-eyed, fat walrus has to say.”
When you say something like that, it doesn’t matter what the other guy said, its uncalled for. Prust did not have to personally attack MacLean. He was obviously angry about what MacLean said but that doesn’t mean you call the guy a fat walrus. What we have here is another guy in the playoffs who doesn’t know how to control his emotions. Last year it was Sidney Crosby talking about the Philadelphia Flyers in his famous “I don’t like them” interview, but that wasn’t even close to as classless and childish as Prust’s comments about MacLean. Prust is a grown man, he should have stopped calling people names in the 5th grade.