In a way, it has the appearance of someone having an affair then deciding to get a divorce and marry the person he was having the affair with.
Saturday, at a hastily-called news conference, Edmonton Oilers new GM Craig MacTavish announced that he’d fired Ralph Krueger with rumours running rampant Dallas Eakins will be press conferenced here as new head coach as soon as Tuesday.
“We’re very close with a coaching candidate,” said MacTavish. “At this point we haven’t formalized a deal.”
Just two days earlier your correspondent attempted to obtain comment from MacTavish regarding his interview with Eakins, the Toronto Marlies AHL coach, while in Toronto. The request was to explain why the Oilers GM would be interviewing a guy to be Ralph Krueger’s associate coach when that coach was being interviewed by Vancouver, Dallas, etc. as the hottest candidate available for anybody looking to make a coaching change. Alone. With Krueger in Europe.