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Report: Oilers to name Dallas Eakins head coach tomorrow

Jun 9, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

Dallas Eakins

The Edmonton Oilers are moving quickly to fill their newly vacant head coaching job.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports the Oilers will announce Dallas Eakins as their new coach tomorrow afternoon. Eakins will replace Ralph Krueger who was relieved of his duties yesterday after one season behind the bench and was let go via Skype.

Eakins has been hotly pursued by the Canucks and Rangers this summer for their vacant head coaching jobs, but the Oilers and GM Craig MacTavish moved quickly to get the up-and-coming star coach. He hinted in yesterday’s press conference he was close to hiring a replacement for Krueger and it was believed Eakins was it.

As the coach of the AHL Toronto Marlies the last four seasons, Eakins led the Maple Leafs farm team to the playoffs the last two years including a run to the Calder Cup finals last year. Eakins also spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Maple Leafs from 2006 to 2008.

  1. kingsforever - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    What can possibly go wrong?

  2. pmonte3122 - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Well, they could have another disappointing season?

  3. 19to77 - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Seriously? He’s offered head coach with the Rangers and Canucks and he picks the OILERS? Guy’s a masochist.

    • sunderlanding - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      At least the Oilers have hope. Rangers and Canucks are only going to get worse.

      • 19to77 - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        Canucks I’ll agree on. But the Rangers have a core of young, skilled players and a Vezina-calibre goaltender. Richards might end up needing a buyout if he struggles under the new guy, but the Rangers are an excellent team that fell short because of weak coaching and a system that didn’t make sense for the players they had.

      • sunderlanding - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        No they lost all their depth in the Nash trade. They have a couple skilled prospects, but most of their prospects are pretty mediocre. Not to mention their goalie is getting worse. Richards will be bought out, or continue to suck, and Nash can’t do it on his own. Just look at Columbus. This Rangers team will not win the cup. The real person that needs to go is Sather.

  4. imleftcoast - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    What was the consensus on this in the discussion on HNIC last night? I find it hard to believe.

  5. withseidelinn - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Sucks for TO. He will be a great coach and I wanted to see him behind the Leafs bench in a few years.

  6. ragsrus - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Saunder… Your hatred of the Rangers is clouding your judgement. The Rangers boost one of the best young dmen in the NHL as well quite a few talented forwards and your claim that the Rangers goalie is getting worse is asinine as well as the assumption that they have mediocre prospects. You obviously know nothing about hockey.

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