Dallas Eakins fits the bill for Oilers

Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:59 AM ET

To understand what kind of impact Dallas Eakins could have on the cache of young budding stars in Edmonton, consider the strong endorsement provided by Jake Gardiner, one of his former AHL students.

“All I can say is that if he goes to Edmonton, those Oilers players are getting a great coach,” the Maple Leafs defenceman said in a phone interview Saturday evening.

“With Dallas, you always know where you stand. He teaches you about the game. And he treats his players like adults.”

Adults who, at times, will be the recipients of tough love from Eakins if need be.

“He can get on you, but he’s always fair, always looking to make you a better player,” Gardiner said.

Eakins has been a hot commodity on the coaching market in past weeks, having already interviewed twice with the Vancouver Canucks and reportedly scheduled to meet with officials of the Dallas Stars this weekend. The New York Rangers were said to have some interest on that front as well.


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