Not sure how you come to that conclusion with that quote... also, I'm not buying the idea the JM had lost the room. Seems to me that the players had showed up to play the last couple of games.
Well my conclusion is that basically Martin has been breaking everyone's ears with his "system" for 30 months now, and the players still aren't playing it... I think it shows the players just won't do it for him, wether it would be good or not.
Eller said what he said because he knows that some players on the Habs quit playing for Martin and started playing for themselves and Eller knew something had to change. Unfortunately, PG made the wrong decision and fired the best coach the Habs had since Jacques Demers.
I think Eller was prepared to answer "did you expext him to get fired"? Perhaps that's what the journalist before this one said. Eller immidiately says "expect" when he begins answering after he realizes his blooper, and from his reaction it actually looks like he just misunderstood the question. I actually think he is way to politically correct to say this unless it's a mistake.
I think previous guy asked something along the lines of 'Did you expect the firing' so when it was suggested that the same question was being asked again but he got 'Were you surprised by the firing' he accidentally started answering the 'Did you expect' question.