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Oilers to name Dallas Eakins head coach

Dallas Eakins will be named head coach of the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Dallas Eakins will be named head coach of the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:51 AM ET

EDMONTON - Dallas Eakins will begin the week by being introduced as the 12th head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

First thing at the Monday press conference it will be interesting to hear the accounts from both GM Craig MacTavish and the about-to-be former Toronto Marlies AHL coach about their conversation at the NHL Combine in Toronto.

What was the genesis of this going from an alleged interview about possibly becoming Ralph Krueger's associate coach to be about becoming head coach?

Does this go back to when MacTavish spent the year coaching the Chicago Wolves against Eakins in the AHL?

Or did MacTavish see an opportunity to score a coup against regional rival Vancouver, where Eakins supposedly interviewed twice, if he made a decisive strike. Even if it meant eating two years of contract of a coach who hadn't had a fair chance to prove himself coaching in a lockout shortened season with no training camp in his first NHL season?


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