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Oilers expectations, approach retooled: Eakins

Dallas Eakins says as he has gotten to know his players over the course of the season, he has...

Dallas Eakins says as he has gotten to know his players over the course of the season, he has modified his approach. (Codie McLachlan, Edmonton Sun)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:30 PM ET

EDMONTON - It was ‘True Confessions: Dallas Eakins.’

The first-year head coach of the Edmonton Oilers admitted Wednesday he’s now coaching the team he has — as opposed to coaching the team he wants it to become.

In questioning from your correspondent, Eakins confessed he’s not coaching the team the same way he did at the beginning of the season.

Quote-unquote: “If your group isn’t suited to play that way, I think that’s pretty damn stupid of the coach.”

The candid confessions resulted from three consecutive questions from your agent to Eakins following Wednesday’s practice in reference to the fact the Oilers have won seven of the last 11 and managed to get points in the standings in eight of those games.

What’s changed to go from 4-15-2 to 7-3-1?

The goaltending? Calibre of opposition? Player buy-in? Coaching?


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