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Oilers' GM gives coach Dallas Eakins vote of confidence

Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish (left) and coach Dallas Eakins. (QMI Agency file)

Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish (left) and coach Dallas Eakins. (QMI Agency file)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:43 PM ET

Craig MacTavish is standing by his man.

Despite the Edmonton Oilers’ struggles this season and their failure to earn a playoff spot for the eighth-consecutive time, there will not be a coaching change for the sixth time in seven years.

MacTavish stood by his decision to hire Dallas Eakins this off-season and gave the first-year coach a vote of confidence moving forward.

“I’m more confident in my decision to hire Dallas Eakins today than the day that I hired him,” MacTavish said on Tuesday. “I’m more convinced this guy is the right coach to lead us into much more successful times.

“Time will prove, in my mind, that this coach was a very good hire for this organization. I really feel that he’s the guy to add the cultural elements and police the cultural elements necessary to build the type of quality team that we’re trying to build.”


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