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Old 06-08-2013, 05:53 PM
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Oilers Name Dallas Eakins Head Coach

General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have appointed Dallas Eakins as the clubs’ new Head Coach. Eakins becomes the 12th Head Coach in Oilers franchise history.

Eakins, 46, has spent the past eight seasons in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, where he served as an Assistant Coach with the Maple Leafs for two seasons (2006-08), before becoming the Head Coach of the Leafs’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Toronto Marlies in 2009. He was also an Assistant Coach with the Marlies in 2005-06 and served as the Maple Leafs’ Director of Player Development for one season in 2008-09.

In four seasons as Head Coach of the Marlies, he accumulated a record of 157-114-4. Eakins was one of two Head Coaches who represented the Western Conference at AHL All-Star Games in 2011-12 and 2012-13. After knocking off the Oilers AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons, Eakins’ Marlies went on to the 2012 Calder Cup Final, losing out to the Norfolk Admirals.

Drafted in the 10th round, 208th overall in 1985 by the Washington Capitals, Eakins recorded nine assists in 120 career NHL games and patrolled the blueline for the Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, New York Rangers and the New York Islanders.

The Dade City, Florida native finished his playing career with minor league stops in the International Hockey League (IHL and the AHL, where he played in 882 games, registering 222 points (43G, 179A). His minor league stops included Baltimore, Moncton, Cincinnati, Worchester, Springfield, Binghamton, New Haven, St. John’s, and the Chicago Wolves, where he won a Calder Cup. Eakins concluded his playing career in 2003-04, captaining the Manitoba Moose.

Dallas and his wife Ingrid have two daughters, Emerson (5) and Cameron (2).
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:56 PM
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Good move with all the young talent in edm. I think rangers have a coach by Friday.
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Eakins will do good with the kids in Edmonton but Oilers fans should know Eakins will almost certainly never use a heavyweight enforcer in the NHL.

Sucks for the Marlies to lose him.
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lol.

The joke gets funnier.
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:47 PM
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Eakins will do good with the kids in Edmonton but Oilers fans should know Eakins will almost certainly never use a heavyweight enforcer in the NHL.

Sucks for the Marlies to lose him.
if thats true , i am glad he didnt come to van.
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:35 PM
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if thats true , i am glad he didnt come to van.
Yup, would defeat the purpose of re-signing Sestito.
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:39 AM
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Eakins will do good with the kids in Edmonton but Oilers fans should know Eakins will almost certainly never use a heavyweight enforcer in the NHL.

Sucks for the Marlies to lose him.
He did a good job of improving Orr's game and getting him back into the NHL...
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:27 AM
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I don't think it matters who coaches this team right now. A few excellent individual pieces surrounded by meh' players at best does'nt make for a contending team. And with Mac and Lowe running the show(the original makers of the Oilers mess) I don't see things improving regardless of the coach. Whats the over/under of one day Craig Mac taking over both coach and GM?
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He did a good job of improving Orr's game and getting him back into the NHL...
Yes he did but just because he gave Orr advice that he needed to lose weight doesn't mean he would be willing to use Orr in the NHL. Eakins has said himself that he favours a "team toughness" approach rather than having a designated fighter, and it showed this season with the Marlies.
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Everyone's all over the story of what a great coach and blah blah...

At least part of the reality is that the Leafs dramatically improved the talent in the system from 2008 on.

He benefitted from that and the increased investment that came, adding guys to the AHL team that had no NHL potential.

Even this year they added two or three veterans to help the kids like Mottau, Marshal, McIntyre.

Eakins will get the same lift in Edmonton with all the young stars there naturally progressing - he's a very lucky guy is what I'm saying.

Anyway, I'm glad he's gone! Get the Marlies a coach who will dress some toughness like the Leafs do. And I don't mean Devane, what a joker he is.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:37 PM
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who was he seriously supposed to dress for the marlies?

ross? he wasn't ready for the ahl.
devane? according to you, he's a joke.

they had no one else to fill that role...so i don't get why eakins is being blamed by a couple of leafs fans for not playing a true fighter.
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This team gets more pathetic every time I read about them.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:02 PM
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ross? he wasn't ready for the ahl.
Ross isn't even tough. He's a mouthpiece with more bark than actual bite.
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who was he seriously supposed to dress for the marlies?

ross? he wasn't ready for the ahl.
devane? according to you, he's a joke.

they had no one else to fill that role...so i don't get why eakins is being blamed by a couple of leafs fans for not playing a true fighter.
Devane was far from a joke this season. In his few chances to play he looked more than capable of being a serviceable 4th line fighter for the Marlies.

Eakins doesn't deserve all the blame for the team being so pathetically soft but his comments about preferring to not have a designated enforcer undoubtedly affected management's decision to not bring in another tough guy for him to use.
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Devane was far from a joke this season. In his few chances to play he looked more than capable of being a serviceable 4th line fighter for the Marlies.

Eakins doesn't deserve all the blame for the team being so pathetically soft but his comments about preferring to not have a designated enforcer undoubtedly affected management's decision to not bring in another tough guy for him to use.
Devane did not get the job done - drew with Stortini and the kid on the River Monsters and there were a lot of times when clearly he needed to challenge someone and he didn't and didn't challenge any of the top enforcers.

I mean, hell, I'm sure he's a tough kid - even Jerry D'Amigo looks stacked in person! - and I wouldn't have wanted to fight those guys either but that ain't my job.

I agree with you on Eakins attitude on fighting contributing to the lack of an enforcer in the lineup. It's definitely an issue and I hope the new coach is more receptive to what the big club is trying to do and what the fans want to.
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