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Dallas Eakins: Oilers coaching job could be on line

Dallas Eakins says he's committed to continuing to work on new systems this season. (Ian...

Dallas Eakins says he's committed to continuing to work on new systems this season. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:02 PM ET

EDMONTON - Continuity is something the Edmonton Oilers haven’t had when it comes to head coaches.

Dallas Eakins is the team’s fifth coach in their last six years.

On Wednesday, Eakins admitted the coaching carousel is possibly a factor in the team’s current plight.

“All the coaches before me, I think they were working as hard as they could, and they were instilling beliefs that they believed in and they were coaching the group that they had to try and get results,” Eakins said. “We all see the game differently. Some things that are very important to one coach, aren’t very important to another. Some guys are stringent with their systems and others are a little bit looser.

"But one thing that has come up numerous times with players, individually talking to them, is that last year they were doing things, this way. They keep referring to previous years, and for me, the previous years mean nothing. All that matters to me is this year and what we’re doing going forward to building a program."


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