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from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
Coaching continuity has been in short supply in Edmonton but the newest recruit knows that even his days could be numbered if the team doesn’t turn the corner.
“There’s been change year after year after year in my position and I think that gets players spinning. It’s not good for the development of the organization (but) that could change again,” Oilers head man Dallas Eakins said on Wednesday.
“I firmly know that if I can’t get this group going very soon, that it could be me ... I’m fine with that but I do think it’s extremely important that we stay the course here system-wise.”
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
The jersey lay there on the ice, crumpled in an unceremonious heap. It had been thrown from the stands and landed at the top of the circle after a 6-0 Edmonton Oilers loss, discarded and left for the rink attendant to toss away.
It was a home blue Oilers jersey. Ales Hemsky’s No. 83, with an alternate captain’s ‘A.’ Likely $250 worth of jersey, abandoned like any hopes for the 2013-14 season, a parting shot from a Rexall Place fan base that can’t stand the losing anymore.
This franchise has given its fans one playoff berth in the past 10 seasons, inheriting the Toronto Maple Leafs record of futility with the longest playoff drought (this will be nine years) in the NHL. There has not been a .500 team here since 2008-09, and this club — in year four of what was supposed to be a rebuild — is the worst edition ever, currently playing .328 hockey. No Oilers team in the 34-year history of the franchise has been this futile.
The Edmonton Oilers — groan — are in 29th place again. The season was over before it started. New coach, new GM, same old laughing stock.
Mark Spector with a few tweets today after the Oilers' morning skate...
Eakins on fan: “That’s about as bad as it gets for me. It’s bull crap.” “Whoever threw that jersey, they’re out of the fight."
“This city, the people who work in the oil patch, they’re not quitters. I do not ever, ever, want our players to quit.” - Eakins
“For some fan to show us all that he quit, he’s done, he threw in the towel. I think it says volumes about the individual.” — Eakins
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal answers a few questions from readers...
Q: I don’t know how much longer Oilers GM Craig MacTavish can wait before he has to fire coach Dallas Eakins and clean up the mess himself à la Lou Lamoriello. What a freaking disaster.
A: Eakins is going nowhere. Hey, it’s 19 games into a four-year contract. I’d say he deserves a whole lot more time than that. This is hardly the NHL coming-out party Dallas Eakins wanted, though. With every Oilers’ loss, he meets the media and tries to put some positive spin on things unless it’s obvious there is no compete there. You are correct that New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has stepped in as an interim guy a couple of times, when coaches Larry Robinson and Claude Julien were fired, but MacTavish believed in Eakins this spring when he hired him, and unless I’m reading the wrong tea leaves, this is his guy. It is very disturbing, however, how incredibly bad the Oilers have been defensively. That falls on the head coach. After 19 games last year, when Ralph Krueger was at the helm, they’d given up 54 goals. They’ve given up 75 this season.
a few more Edmonton related questions...
Sportsnet's HockeyCentral at Noon discussed the post-game comments Dallas Eakins made last night.
The panel wasn't very kind to Eakins...
Montreal Canadiens winger Lars Eller suggested that the Edmonton Oilers were "like a junior team" prior to Tuesday night's game between Montreal and Edmonton, and it backfired in a big way, with the Oilers taking the bulletin board material and running with it en route to a 4-3 win over the Canadiens.
The Globe and Mail's Sean Gordon took note of the trash-talking and its result...
"It can be anything, you know? They play a little bit like a junior team, I think, sometimes. They take a lot of risks, a lot of chances, they’re a little all over the place. There’s not a lot of structure, always, in their game,” quoth Eller.
After the Oilers beat the Habs a few hours later, Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said of Eller: “he might as well have sent me a fruit basket and a bottle of wine.”
“We thank Lars Eller for his comments before the game. Awesome,” Eakins said.
Montreal counterpart Michel Therrien gravely intoned that Eller’s remarks were “unacceptable” and that “he’s a young player, he’ll learn from this.”
But Gordon suggests that the Oilers were lucky to win, and that the Habs were unlucky losers...
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons always offers up a juicy Sunday notebook, but sometimes the best parts are one-liners. The thrusts of today's column involve the tiff between Jake Gardner and Randy Carlyle, Steve Yzerman's take on fighting and the Toronto Raptors' wooing of the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, but these quips piqued my interest:
Welcome to the Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Eakins. That 4-2 lead ended up as a 5-4 defeat on opening night. Old Oilers habits don’t die easily ... There is a tension around the Philadelphia Flyers that belies the early schedule. When they lost their home opener to the Leafs in a game they had no business losing, there was a sense around their dressing room and management staff that there is already deep concern about this group.
The $10 million Phil Kessel will be paid next season is the highest single-season salary in Leafs history. The previous high: Mats Sundin at $9 million. Kessel’s salary-cap hit comes in at $8 million beginning next season ... For those who keep track of such important matters, Kessel will be paid $40,650 per period next season. If he plays all 82 games, that is ... The day after the frightening George Parros incident in Montreal, the NHL sent out a memo to teams asking them to de-emphasize fighting on their arena scoreboards. The tone of the memo: Let’s try and tone things down, people
Gene Principe of Sportsnet and Dallas Eakins hit the streets of Edmonton on bikes to talk hockey and the Hockey Central panel discusses the 213-14 Edmonton Oilers.
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons offers a scattershot slate of mostly Maple Leafs-related observations this morning, and the train of thought in this particular paragraph struck me as most intriguing:
Would love to know why Sergei Makarov, who was a top-10 player in the world from 1979-1989 is still not in the Hockey Hall of Fame....
Ran into Paul Coffey, Darryl Sittler, Marcel Dionne and a few more all-time greats at the Road Hockey To Conquer Cancer event at Ontario Place. If there’s a better charity event than this one, I haven’t seen it ...
Maybe it’s personal, but it makes me just a little uncomfortable to see Sheldon Keefe honoured this coming week for his time coaching in Pembroke. Maybe I’m too old to forget and or maybe I just know too much...
The best supporting actors in [Paul] Ranger’s return to the NHL: David Branch and Dallas Eakins...
If I was Dale Tallon, I would have given Tim Thomas the $3.75 million the Florida Panthers gave him but if I was paying him that much, I wouldn’t have given him a no-trade contract.
from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
The rookie head coach said on Saturday he’s sent out a letter to all the players outlining his expectations, not the least of which will be a need to compete. He’s also determined to erase “young team” from the vocabulary.
“That’s the first thing I asked when I came in: do not refer to this as a young team anymore. We’re not a young team. We’re a team and our team is made up of some inexperience, some middle experience, and some very experienced players. When you call a team a young team you immediate alienate a bunch of guys and you make it about certain people and we’re not going to do that here,” said Eakins, who did not want to take away from the work the previous coaching staff had done.
What he did say was that the team would be very aggressive in the defensive zone and dogged on the puck.
“And as I said that first day,” he continued, “you will either compete hard or you will not play. I do not care how old you are, how much money you make, how much term you have left on your contract. You will compete, or, your minutes will be cut until you buy in. That’s the way it’s going to go.”
from Ryan Dittrick of EdmontonOilers.com,
In order to win and become a perennial Stanley Cup contender, it takes a total team effort to succeed.
On the development side, Dallas Eakins says, it's up to the coach and 23 individuals to maximize their potential for the greater good.
"I don't coach a team, I coach individuals. It's important to remember that," Eakins said after he was named the 12th head coach in Oilers history Monday afternoon. "I like to treat all my players the same when it comes to work ethic and discipline, but they're all wired differently.
"You've got to get to know them, inside and out. I need to learn out what triggers them, what motivates them and look under every stone to see what makes them tick. There's a lot of motivation for players in this game. Some want to carry the load for their team and others want to make their parents proud.
"I've got 23 new players that I've got to get to know and find all that out."
via a release by the Edmonton Oilers...
General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have appointed Dallas Eakins as the clubs' new Head Coach. Eakins becomes the 12th Head Coach in Oilers franchise history.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
The battle between Don Cherry and the Maple Leafs organization escalated Wednesday.
Marlies coach Dallas Eakins — whom Cherry chided for calling out Nazem Kadri’s eating habits — fired back at the host of CBC Coach’s Corner, first by saying he’s a big fan of Cherry.
But Eakins added he’d never seen Cherry at a Marlies game or practice. Then he took a shot at Cherry’s Twitter account, from which Cherry had lambasted the Leafs on their handling of Kadri.
“He’s a strong-willed guy; I’m sure he believes in everything that he had somebody type for him,” Eakins told TSN Radio at Marlies training camp.
“I invite Don to come on down, You’re more than welcome at any time. You’ve got a lot of fans here. We’d be honoured to have him,” Cherry “I’ve never ever seen him at one of our games and I’ve never ever seen him at a practice and he’s never come in and knocked on my door.”