Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) – Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller declared himself ready to play, saying there is no lingering pain or complications from a season-ending hit during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Ottawa Senators.
Eller sustained a concussion as well as facial and dental fractures after hitting the ice face-first following an open-ice check from Senators defenseman Eric Gryba. The hit ended Eller’s season while Gryba was suspended two games.
Six months after the incident, Eller told reporters that his recovery was surprisingly quick and he is 100-percent healthy heading into the 2013-14 season.
“I’ve been training at 100 percent since I was back in the gym a couple of weeks after the season,” Eller said. “I’m not behind in terms of that at all. I felt pretty good very quickly after the injury.”
“I was lucky that I recovered fast. In a matter of two, three weeks, I was 100-percent healthy and ready to go back in the gym and skate,” he added.
Before the injury, Eller was having a breakout season, setting career highs in assists (22) and points (30). He’s looking to build on those numbers in 2013-14.
“I think there is so much to be encouraged about,” Eller said. “The way the team played last season, the way things were going. I’m sure we’re going to be even better this year. There is so much to look forward to this year.”