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Ken Hitchcock praises Dallas Eakins

Aug 10, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT

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St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock provided rave reviews for new Edmonton Oilers bench boss Dallas Eakins on Friday, the Edmonton Journal reports.

“That was the most important move (GM) Craig MacTavish made this summer,” Hitchcock said.

Hitchcock seems particularly impressed by Eakins’ no-nonsense approach.

“He’ll talk your ear off about conditioning but it’s a smokescreen,” Hitchcock said. “He’s going to demand things of the Oiler players they’ve never done before and they’re going to find it quite difficult. Quite frankly some of the players are out of the barn but he’ll gather them all back in. He’s going to say things that make the players squeamish but he’s going to be one of the best things you’ve had there. He’s tough.”

“It’s not about getting past the original effort, it’s getting into the second and third effort. He knows how to push that.”

Unfortunately, the veteran coach didn’t name specific players who are “out of the barn,” so feel free to kill a sleepy Saturday by speculating on who that might be.

(H/T to Rotoworld.)

  1. donniesd - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    I hope the Oilers can make it back into the playoffs this year!! Its been too long… Keep Building up the “D” MacT!

  2. stinkpretty1 - Aug 11, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Many Oilers fans around me, between family, numerous friends and colleagues in Southern Alberta. Not looking forward in a month, hearing all them say ” I cant wait for the season to start, the Oilers should have a great year”. Hope the best for ya kiddos.

    #DitchLowe

  3. thibbledorfpwent - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Yup keeping that schmuck Carlyle was SUCH a smart idea Nonis. You could’ve had this guy instead but Noooo , just had to not rock the boat to get your 5 year extension. No nuts you have, and NoNuts you are.

  4. valoisvipers - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Hemsky is one that is “out of the barn”.

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