War of words heating up, Paul MacLean labeled ‘Bug-eyed fat walrus’

Entering the final week of the regular season, many salivated over the prospect of a first-round series between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.

With the potential of Canada’s two most historic teams going head-to-head in a playoff battle for the first time since 1979 — not to mention, the Maple Leafs’ first postseason appearance since 2004 — the series seemed like an ideal first-round matchup.

However, the Canadiens ended up winning the Northeast Division and drew the Eastern Conference’s seventh seed, the Ottawa Senators.

In hindsight, the intensity level of the playoffs might be better off for it.

Following Ottawa’s Game 1 victory on Thursday night, a storm is beginning to brew between the division rivals. If the war of words is any indication, this series might be on course to be a memorable one.

Unfortunately, the central point of this conflict revolves around a gruesome injury sustained by Montreal forward Lars Eller. While attempting to receive a pass out of the Canadiens’ defensive zone, Eller was hit by Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba. Eller was knocked unconscious on the play and remained motionless on the ice in a pool of blood for a few minutes.

He ultimately required a stretcher to leave the game and was hospitalized overnight (he has since been released and is in good health).

Gryba was given a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct.

After the game, Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean defended his player and stated Raphael Diaz — the Montreal player who sent the pass to Eller — should have been more careful.


19 Responses to War of words heating up, Paul MacLean labeled ‘Bug-eyed fat walrus’

  1. leafmeister says:

    Awesome. It would be cool if these teams developed a good rivalry.

    He may be a fat walrus, but my god can that man coach.

  2. leafy says:

    Even John Lennon once said, “the walrus was Paul”.

  3. lafleur10 says:

    hahahahaha bug eyed fat walrus! hahaha
    way to tell him prust

  4. lafleur10 says:

    actually he is not by much but he is and he’s not bug eyed! hahaaha

  5. 93killer93 says:

    Exactly what was wrong with what Maclean said?

    • DannyLeafs says:

      MacLean wasn’t wrong about the hit, and it’s ok to defend your player, but I can see why Montreal would take offense to how casual he was about the injury. There are better ways to handle the media. He knew almost nothing about Eller’s condition at the time he made the comments. He should have just said something like ” I don’t think it was a dirty hit, and I know he wasn’t going out there to do that to Eller” and just leave it at that. No need to place blame back on two young players (warranted or not) right after the incident.

  6. leafmeister says:

    Well this series is certainly interesting….

  7. coyotes_bettman says:

    If the “Bug Eyed Fat Walrus” didn’t win coach of the year last night for calling the time out with 17 seconds left to incense Therrien I don’t know what it’s gonna take.

  8. leafs_wallace93 says:

    I love watching Gorges and Therrien get outrage because what are they going to do about?

  9. lafleur10 says:

    well he won’t win it therrien has coach of the year in the bag ….taking nothing away from maclean he’ll be nominated but therrien is the hands down winner of the jack adams trophy

    • leafmeister says:

      Despite being taken to coaching school by MacLean these playoffs? Don’t thinks so.

      • leafs_wallace93 says:

        You’re both overlooking the fact that ‘coach of the year’ is absolutely meaningless.

        • leafmeister says:

          In what way? I think what MacLean has done this year has been extraordinary. He took a team that finished 8th last year, and took away their Norris trophy winning defensemen and first line center, and finished 7th.

          That is surely worthy of recognition.

          If you mean that it is not indicative of future success, then I agree, but that doesn’t mean its meaningless. A performance like that deserves recognition.

          • LN91 says:

            Norris Trophy defencemen, number one center, starting goaltender for most of the season, and top scorer.

            How well would Toronto do without Kessel, Bozak, Phaneuf, and Reimer all out for the same legnth?

            Or Montreal without Plekanec, Pacioretty, Subban, and Price.

            MacLean deserves it.

      • lafleur10 says:

        well i hate to break it to you but therrien is the coach of the year it’s not what you do in the playoffs it’s the regualar season that decides the coach of the year and therrien took us from dead last to division champions and the 2nd seed in one season more than maclean done with the senslike i said he did a great job not not what therrien did.

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