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Oilers’ Eakins knows he’s at risk of being fired

Jan 22, 2014, 8:52 PM EDT

Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins isn’t sugarcoating his situation: he knows that he’s at risk of being fired, even though this is his first season with the team.

As honest and occasionally blunt as Eakins has been this season, he was especially open about his situation Wednesday.

He provides some fascinating details about the lack of culture in Edmonton and the hot seat he’s sitting on, which really kicks in about 10 minutes into the video below:

In case you don’t want to watch the video, one of the most interesting comments came when he said that he “firmly” believes that he could be a part of another wave of potential changes, not just players who might get traded.

Eakins was a red-hot coaching prospect last summer, yet he can find himself out of job in a startlingly short amount of time, whether he’s truly to blame for the team’s lack of “culture” and success or not.


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  1. storminator16 - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Oh my. “As Alberta Turns” is such an interesting show.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Really? I disagree, they’ve been recycling the same storyline for years now.

      • storminator16 - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        ROFL, true.

  2. esracerx46 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    As firmly as I feel about a shakeup being needed in the oilers front office….these players need some sort of continuity. As it is they’ve had 3 coaches in 3 years. 4 in the last 5. They can’t continue that cycle. Going 5 coaches in 6 years. Fire the president. Fire the gm. Fire the scouting staff. Oust the owner. But for these “kids” sake, keep the coach for a couple years.

  3. sidneydeane35 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    I agree keep the coaching for once. Changing it every year has created this problem. Not surprised with the culture issue. Tambellini firing the trainers, and dressing room staff was dumb. At least those guys had personally and a appreciation for the Players and staff. Ran into this new staff outside Staples Center with my Oilers jersey on. Wouldn’t even acknowledge me. This Coach needs a chance to recreate the culture and pride this organization once had. Thanks Tambellini.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      I have to disagree, I think it is time to cut the tie with Eakins. I thought Eakins would do well coaching these young Oiler squad but to date I have yet to see anything remotely close to structure in their game. The point men too often fail to keep the puck in the zone. Poor pass choices by the forwards in the offensive zone and bad angle shots that fail to find the net. They lack net presence, grit and a disciplined structured game.This stuff is all teachable and Eakins has failed miserable with that and the basic fundamentals of the game. If I saw hope, I would say give Eakins more time but they are the same unorganized bunch of kids that they have been for years now and that my friends is a shame because there is so much talent on this team that is no where near to playing up to it’s potential.

      • esracerx46 - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM

        Perhaps they do lack structure in their game. However, the examples you cited aren’t examples of structure. The point men failing to keep the puck in the zone, that’s on the players. Poor passing and poor shot selection, while all teachable, its up to the players to execute. Those aren’t issues of structure. That’s player execution. Perhaps game structure is an issue the Oilers lack. I don’t watch them enough.

        I’m more under the impression that they’re a bad team. Bad teams play badly no matter who the coach is. They have 2-3 skilled forwards. They have 3 defenceman that would be second pairing guys on most teams. Terence, while he’s a very solid defenceman he isn’t really a top pairing guy. And they’re goaltending is dreadful.

        No coach can fix all those issues.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        I live in Calgary but the Flames station will talk Oilers hockey quite a bit (obviously lots of Oilers fans in this city) and from the people they talk to around the NHL it sounds like they’re a bunch of young kids who want to play their own way and no matter how much Eakins wants to change it he lacks the support of management because they want to keep the kids happy and enable them.

        Until they change the culture of the team by removing players and adding “glue” players, and management quits coddling them and holds the players accountable, it won’t matter who coaches them.

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    I firmly believe he wants to (or at least would be okay with) being fired, just how outspoken and critical he’s always been strikes me as a guy who isn’t happy with his situation. I think he took the job thinking he’d have a big say in personnel, and be able to whip the players into shape and quickly discovered that the front office is an old boys club of former Oilers who cater to their prized young players and will allow them to do whatever they want to keep them happy.

    Further to that I think if Eakins is fired he’ll quickly find a home 2.5 hours to the south where the current “interim” GM is a firm believer in him.

  5. bills4 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Come off it, he only said that because he knows they aren’t going to fire him. It is really pathetic to think this organization has only decided on “continuity” under Mac T’s reign and when the decisions are his. What the hell happened on the last 3 coaches reign. Too bad continuity wasnt decided on when Kruger was here. He is the better coach!!

  6. canada2014gold - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    The guy is just defeated, he should have started out an assistant in a team that understands you need a complete team to win. Their gm makes gillis look like holland

  7. canucks30 - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    I think what he means to say is that he wants to be fired…

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