Craig MacTavish has made his first major move as the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. On Saturday MacTavish fired head coach Ralph Krueger and replaced him with Dallas Eakins.
Krueger was with the Oilers for only one season and posted a record of 19-22-7. It was not good enough to get the Oilers into the postseason, as Edmonton missed them for the seventh straight year.
Eakins comes to the Oilers after spending the last four years coaching the Toronto Marlies, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Marlies advanced to the Calder Cup Finals in 2012 after defeating the Oklahoma City Barons, the affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, in the Western Conference Finals.
Eakins played in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders and Calgary Flames from 1992-2002.
Even though Eakins is a native of Florida, he was raised in Ontario and his wife is Candian actress Ingrid Kavelaars.