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Dallas Eakins says signings address Oilers needs

Dallas Eakins says even after a season like the past one, where the Oilers finished 28th in the...

Dallas Eakins says even after a season like the past one, where the Oilers finished 28th in the league, the urge to get back in the fight returns after a couple of weeks into the summer break. (Reuters)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

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JASPER, ALTA. - Change is good, especially when the team is bad.

So head coach Dallas Eakins is loving the work general manager Craig MacTavish is doing in his determined attempt to change the face of the Edmonton Oilers.

In a flurry of moves in the last week, MacTavish brought in defencemen Mark Fayne, Nikita Nikitin, Keith Aulie and forwards Benoit Pouliot and Ted Purcell.

Every one of the new Oilers is 6-3 or taller.

“We think it’s been a good few days,” Eakins said during the first day of Oilers Orientation Camp in Jasper.

“We’ve added size, we’ve added depth and we’ve added people who can make some plays — all things that we need in our lineup, especially in our division.”

Since Eakins took over at the start of last season, over half the team is gone. As a coach, he says it’s comforting to know the general manager won’t stop until all of the problems have been fixed.


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