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Dallas Eakins Feeling The Heat

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Your name is Dallas Eakins and there are questions about how how a power-play unit could have gone from eighth last year to 24th, how penalty kill unit could have gone from ninth to 26th, how your five-on-five could have given up more goals than any other team in the league and if the so-called swarm defence is understood by any of your defencemen.

Your name is Dallas Eakins and you’re on the hot seat with fans wanting to stick your feet in the fire.

“I feel it. I understand it,” said the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers when your correspondent asked what it’s like to be in this sort of jackpot to begin a NHL head coaching career.

“I have kids bugging my daughter at school. That’s not very much fun.

“I’m walking my daughter to school yesterday and I have one kid yelling at everybody ‘There’s the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers!’ And my five-year-old daughter gets real excited because, ‘That’s my daddy.’

“And then I have another kid yelling, ‘You suck!’”

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Tripwire32's avatar

There is heat on the 22nd ranked best head coach in the NHL? The guy that is a better coach than Cup winning coach Bob Hartley? or even better than the #3 team in the league Patrick Wah? The guy that is almost as good as Cup winning Randy Carlyle?

I don’t condone the harassment his children are taking, but the results this guy is producing should not really be surprising.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 11/01/13 at 10:22 AM ET


That is why it is hard to get players to come to small Canadian cities or in some cases large Canadian cities because they and their families are celebrities open to criticism. Nathan Horton signed with Columbus because he and his family can live a normal life.  The coach is a celebrity in Edmonton because hockey is a religion in Canada and the smaller the population the bigger the celebrity status and the pressure to perform. The team is arguably worse than when Dallas Eakins took over so the blame is justified. There have been many great coaches that had high expectations when they became a NHL coach only to fail miserably. Craig Hartsburg comes to mind. Dallas Eakins may have a great reputation in the AHL, that doesn’t always translate to the NHL.

Posted by Puckbubba on 11/01/13 at 12:36 PM ET

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