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'Awesome' to Dallas Eakins that Edmonton Oilers fans care

David Perron loses his footing during Edmonton Oilers practice at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta.,...

David Perron loses his footing during Edmonton Oilers practice at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. Codie McLachlan/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

Terry Jones, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

EDMONTON - It’s only two games into the 82-game season and already the headline can be dusted off for yet another use.

‘What’s Wrong With The Oilers?’

When the Edmonton lost 6-2 in Vancouver Saturday night after gassing their home opener to the Winnipeg Jets, there was little patience with the NHL team which has been projected to the playoffs. Particularly after the embarrassing events involving the fractured former flagship football franchise earlier in the day.

The scenario inspired your correspondent to ask Dallas Eakins what it’s like to be a new head coach in the NHL still looking for his first win and to have to come back to a snakepit like this?

“It’s awesome,” said Eakins.

“I don’t know how guys do it. I honestly don’t. I had a cup of coffee with a couple of organizations when I was a player where hockey wasn’t a big deal. You lose, nobody cares. You win, nobody cares. That’s the greatest thing about playing in a hockey market. They care!


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