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Oilers tab Dallas Eakins as new head coach

  • Arun Morace

Shortly after firing Ralph Krueger from the head coaching position (over Skype, no less), the Edmonton Oilers have already found their replacement. Dallas Eakins, who has spent the last four years coaching the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies, will be the man to replace Krueger behind the bench.

Eakins spent sporadic parts of 11 seasons from 1992-2002 playing for eight different franchises. As head coach of the Marlies, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate, Eakins led them to two playoff berths in four years, both of which came on the heels of consecutive North Division titles in 2011-12 and 2012-13. In ’11-’12, Eakins’ Marlies made it all the way to the Calder Cup Final, only to lose in four games to the Norfolk Admirals.

Edmonton filled its head coaching vacancy quickly, as did the Colorado Avalanche, who fired Joe Sacco and replaced him with Patrick Roy in the span of only a few days. However, the Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers are all still without bench bosses. Perhaps Krueger will get a shot with one of those teams- and who knows, maybe they’ll even hire him over Skype.

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