Monday, December 15, 2014
Oilers Give The Pink Slip To Eakins
The Edmonton Oilers on Monday fired coach Dallas Eakins.
General manager Craig MacTavish will replace Eakins on an interim basis, according to a TSN report, and Todd Nelson, the coach of the Oilers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons, will join the NHL staff as an assistant or associate coach.
The Oilers lost 2-0 to the New York Rangers on Sunday. They entered the week 30th in the League standings with 19 points; their seven wins are the fewest in the League. They're 29th in the League in scoring at 2.10 goals per game, and 29th in goals-against at 3.32 goals allowed per game.
Edmonton plays the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday in Glendale, Ariz.
Since winning back-to-back games in early November, the Oilers are 1-11-4, including an 11-game losing streak.
In his second season with the Oilers, Eakins is 36-63-14.
Eakins arrived in Edmonton after four seasons as coach of the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. In 2012 he guided the Marlies to the Calder Cup Final. He also coached in two AHL all-star games.