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Dallas Eakins Fired


added 12:03pm, Dreger tweet,

Confirming MacTavish returns to bench on interim basis. Replacing Eakins who was fired this morning.

note 12:12pm, removed the word Report from the headline.

added 12:37pm,


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What has taken them so long?

-Paul, is the ability to create a new Post not available anymore?  Beau Bennett has mump symptoms… but to make things worse, he went to the children’s hospital for charity.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 12/15/14 at 12:54 PM ET

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Not sure what you mean gtl about creating a new post.  I did tweet the news on Bennett.

Can you explain, thanks.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/15/14 at 12:55 PM ET


sorry, didn’t mean to derail the news on Eakins… I just thought in the past, I had the ability to create a new topic.  I looked all over but could not find that feature this time.  I know that the site has changed so I was thinking maybe that is not allowed anymore.  Either way, I didn’t see that you had the tweet on the side, so never mind.  smile

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 12/15/14 at 12:57 PM ET

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Not a problem gtl, you can do it right here. http://kuklaskorner.com/kmb

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/15/14 at 12:59 PM ET

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What a gongshow.

The fact MacT anoints himself to be the coach is ridiculous.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 12/15/14 at 01:11 PM ET


What a gongshow.

The fact MacT anoints himself to be the coach is ridiculous.

It makes sense though if they are trying to lose to get CM in the draft.  They can’t hire a new coach and instruct him to lose.  Let the GM manage the team to lose and then in the offseason get another top pick, hopefully CM, and go from there.


Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 12/15/14 at 01:19 PM ET


The fact MacT anoints himself to be the coach is ridiculous.

The fact that MacT himself is not the one who was fired is ridiculous.

Posted by Garth on 12/15/14 at 01:23 PM ET

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There is not a coach in existence that could turn EDM around.

Sure sounds like absolutely everyone needs to be fired in EDM, and Katz needs to sell them team.

Posted by Primis on 12/15/14 at 01:32 PM ET


Posted by Primis on 12/15/14 at 12:32 PM ET

I definitely think the problem starts with Katz and his fanboyish need to be around Oilers alum.  Even if he cleared out Lowe and MacT he would just replace them with Grant Fuhr and Charlie Huddy.

Posted by Garth on 12/15/14 at 01:37 PM ET

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Can someone fire the whole team?  Like, out of a cannon?  Into the Sun?

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 12/15/14 at 01:45 PM ET


The common knowledge reasoning for why the Oilers are doing what they’re doing is exactly why they are going to be garbage for a very, very long time.

It’s apparent to everyone now that they are engaging in “Dishonour for Connor” tactics, which is entirely the logical thing to do right now since they have zero clue how to run an organization.  Hope that they land a savoir to fix everything.  And it’s not going to work.  Why?  Not because McDavid isn’t good, but because HE’S NOT WHAT THEY NEED!  If they had any clue what they were doing they’d be taking Eichel instead of McDavid.  Just like they should have traded the Nugent-Hopkins pick and then drafted Dougie Hamilton.

Their stupid GM has useless scouts and in a couple of years they’ll still be scratching their asses wondering why an undersized offensive dynamo hasn’t changed this team into a playoff team in the West.

Posted by Wise1 on 12/15/14 at 02:19 PM ET


I love watching Edmonton fail - it’s so obvious in how badly their plan is designed that they will undoubtedly fail. That “core” of players is never a group that’s going to win. They need way more guys who play 180 feet and they have no one accountable for failing to do that. In fact, the biggest culprits are the guys the management team treasure so much - Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle and Hall.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 12/15/14 at 03:43 PM ET


The whole management team should have been fired last year if not earlier. To fire Eakins and replace him with Craig MacTavish is a joke. If the owner wants a winning team he needs to replace Lowe, MacTavish and everyone else. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. How many times they going to fire the coach expecting different results?  Daryl Katz must be insane.

Posted by Puckbubba on 12/15/14 at 05:15 PM ET

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