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Eberle happy to have ‘familiarity with the head coach’ this season

Aug 12, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

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The Edmonton Oilers are heading into next season doing something they haven’t done the past three years — break camp with a new head coach.

From Tom Renney to Ralph Krueger to now Dallas Eakins, there’s been someone new at the helm in Edmonton each of those years. Having a host of different voices and systems to get accustomed to can be a bit of a pain for any team. It’s even more troubling for one that has a host of young players and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2006.

That’s a point forward Jordan Eberle made sure to make as Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal shared.

“With the same coach, we can pick up where we left off,” Eberle said. “At the start of last year, we struggled and that’s going to be a big thing for us. We have to start the season well because, last year, we really dug ourselves in a hole early on and that killed us. Plus, it gives you confidence if you can start off winning; you realize you do have a good team.”

The Oilers didn’t exactly close the season in thunderous fashion going 9-10-1 in the final 20 games. Still, the point of having the same head coach for the first time since Renney’s second and final season in 2011-12 remains and Eakins has a lot to prove for himself as well.

  1. ray2013 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    After MacT left, they had Quinn for one year, Renney for two, Kruger for one and Eakins for one (so far). Local consensus was that Renney was the best in hindsight and should have been kept. Kruger was second, and he got replaced when MacT as GM found an excuse to bring in his own guy. Huge drop-off but the bottom two are Eakins and Quinn. Belatedly the Oilers brass are worrying about continuity, so the worst (maybe 2nd worst) coach in recent years gets to keep his job and gets some upgrades with his assistant coaches.

    Hopefully Eakins can remove some of the tarnish from last season, with an improved lineup and improved coaching staff.

  2. djshnooks - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:53 AM

    So, they have or haven’t broken camp the last three seasons with a new head coach?

    If they are doing something they haven’t done the last three years, it would be breaking camp with the same coach.

    • i1theinternet - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      Not to mention that “break camp” means ending camp, not starting it.

      http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/break+camp

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