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Smyth scratch indicator of Eakins's standards

Ryan Smyth gives Nail Yakupov some feedback during Edmonton Oilers practice at the Leduc Recreation...

Ryan Smyth gives Nail Yakupov some feedback during Edmonton Oilers practice at the Leduc Recreation Centre Oct. 4, 2013. (Codie McLachlan/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:59 AM ET

EDMONTON - The reason Ryan Smyth watched Monday’s game from the press box is because Dallas Eakins didn’t think it wise to bring up five players from the AHL to replace all the guys he wanted to shelve.

The Oilers head coach said there were “four or five” forwards who could have been yanked from the lineup, and still might be if their habits don’t change.

“I could have had my pick of any one of them,” said Eakins, who made good on his promise to start rattling cages if he didn’t like what he saw, and he most certainly didn’t in Edmonton’s 6-2 loss in Vancouver.


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