Eller is one of my favorite players. When I saw the video replay on TSN and while its not a very clear picture, its clear that Eller's head snaps back before anything else. So for the TSN panel to unanimously and immediately call it a clean hit deserves an entry in the pandering hall of shame. They are panderers at the best of times but in cases like this, common decency should prevail otherwise its a total lack of integrity.
It's obviously a ****ing headshot or what did Eller just ****ing feint on his own before hitting the ice? He was unconscious immediately after the hit.. TO THE HEAD.
And a big **** you to Diaz who not only cost us the game in my opinion with terrible defense but was the puppetmaster of this ginormous **** up.
The media has warped the hockey world's view on this hit by automatically calling it clean. Everyone seems to want to ignore the blatant fact that his head viciously snaps backwards and that he was unconscious before he hits the ice. Honestly it's like it's the "in" thing to say it was a clean hit.
Sucks that this happened just as Eller was stringing together some improving games.
If Eller continued to play like this, and if Galchenyuk started to be dominant at center, a trade of Plekanec or Desharnais was in the cards. In my eyes, that is a good future for the Habs. Eller and Gachenyuk plus one of the two others as a 1-2-3. (my preference would be to keep Plekanec, but he is worth obviously a lot more on the trade market)
My question is, why did White get 5 games for almost the same thing?
I've always said, they need to eliminate open ice hits. Hockey purists will argue, but its the only way to eliminate these kind of injuries. Guys are too big and equipment is too heavy these days.
Open ice hits aren't the problem. That's what makes this game awesome.
What they need to do is widen the ice to give these big players more space and more options. Then we would see less dangerous hits. A hybrid ice that is 90 feet wide (NHL is 85 - gives 2.5 feet extra on each side which is more than an average body width). I think that would alleviate some problems.