Oilers' Belov tells Russian media he left because of Eakins

Anton Belov battles San Jose's Martin Havlat for the puck during a game earlier this season. (Codie...

Anton Belov battles San Jose's Martin Havlat for the puck during a game earlier this season. (Codie McLachlan, QMI Agency)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

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Anton Belov didn’t take long to pack his bags and head back to Russia once the Edmonton Oilers season came to an end.

After one year in the NHL, Belov returned home, signing a four-year contact with SKA St. Petersburg.

On Monday, Belov told Russian journalists one of reasons for no re-signing with the Oilers was because of head coach Dallas Eakins.

“There is no one reason that made it an abrupt change,” said Belov according to Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sports. “It was all building up during the season, especially more so after the Olympics. And the hire of coach (Vyacheslav) Bykov (at SKA) was also an influence. The other point is that I could have re-signed with Edmonton, but I didn’t want to stay with that coach.”

Belov, 27, had a goal and six assists in 57 games with the Oilers this season.


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