from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,
The Ducks are expected to retain Dallas Eakins as their coach for at least a fourth season, an NHL source said. A statement on Eakins’ future is anticipated later this week from General Manager Pat Verbeek, who hasn’t been with the team to start its four-game trip.
Eakins’ three-season contract is set to expire when the season ends on April 29, and it wasn’t immediately certain whether the team held an option on a fourth season or whether he would be given an extension for 2022-23 and possibly beyond. Verbeek was expected to clarify the situation.
Neither Eakins nor Verbeek were available for comment Monday, a scheduled day off for the Ducks in South Florida after starting their trip with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and a 5-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. Verbeek was on a scouting trip.
The Ducks took significant strides in the early months of the 2021-22 season before COVID-19 took its toll on the lineup at the Christmas break and into January. The Ducks were 17-9-6 and among the Pacific Division leaders at the holiday break, but their lack of depth was quickly exposed.