Is this the right job for Dallas Eakins?

Dallas Eakins is accompanied by his wife Ingrid Kavelaars as he is introduced as the Oilers new...

Dallas Eakins is accompanied by his wife Ingrid Kavelaars as he is introduced as the Oilers new head coach. Eakins said his heart, his gut and his family convinced him that taking the job was the right thing to do. (Amber Bracken, Edmonton Sun)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

By most accounts, Dallas Eakins is a pretty good coach, but you have to wonder about his judgement.

Coaching in Edmonton, when there were other options? How well did he actually think this through?

On one hand, you can understand why somebody might want to coach the Oilers. The bar it set so low here that just getting this once-proud franchise to .500, air so rare it’s only been inhaled twice in the last seven years, is probably enough to earn him a key to the city.

On the other hand …

If Eakins did his research, he must know the Oilers have been one of the most poorly run organizations in the NHL, posting the worst record in the league since the last lockout and missing the playoffs seven straight years.

He must also know, as everyone else does, that the Oilers have a track record of being very quick to make scapegoats out of anyone who isn’t part of the Old Boys Club.

It was Pat Quinn’s fault.

It was Tom Renney’s fault.

It was Steve


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