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Dallas Eakins | Defenseman

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (47) / 2/27/1967
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 195
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The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed that Dallas Eakins has been fired.
As previously reported, GM Craig MacTavish is expected to serve as the team's interim head coach. Eakins was the latest in a long line of failed Oilers coaches. He certainly deserves some of the blame for his inability to navigate Edmonton out of the NHL basement, but he's far from the team's only problem. A new head coach might not be enough to resurrect the Oilers and in fact the revolving door of bench bosses might be doing some harm to the team's young players, but at the same time, Edmonton needs to do what it can to at least combat complacency. Dec 15 - 12:39 PM

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The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly fired Dallas Eakins.

The source is Darren Dreger and he's usually spot on, so while you should always take these types of reports with a grain of salt, it wouldn't be surprising in the least if we got confirmation soon. The Oilers have been horrible during Eakins' tenure, but they've been so bad for so long and have gone through so many head coaches along the way that it's hard to put the blame on Eakins.
Dec 15 - 11:58 AM

The Edmonton Oilers recorded just 16 shots on goal in their 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday.

If it was any other team, a weak night like that would be something to be concerned about. Edmonton is so far gone though that it's not worth it for Oilers fans or anyone else to spend energy being concerned about this team. They might not finish with the worst record in the league this season, but the playoffs are clearly beyond them for a ninth straight season.
Dec 15 - 10:42 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are averaging just 2.17 goals per game.

That's the second worst pace in the league, which is particularly disturbing when you factor in how much skill the Oilers have on their top two lines. There are a lot of areas that it's reasonable for Edmonton to struggle in, but if nothing else this isn't a team that should be incapable of scoring goals. "It's frustrating for everyone," said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. "We have some guys that have proven they can put the puck in the net. For whatever reason, we're just having trouble getting it in there right now. It's something you have to be extremely patient for. We'll try to set up some more things, we've been focusing on it in practice, we've got to get these guys feeling good, that stick feeling good in their hands and that confidence to put it in the net."
Dec 11 - 8:45 AM

After ending an 11-game losing streak against San Jose on Sunday, the Sharks and Oilers will have a rematch Tuesday.

Edmonton has a lot of ground to make up, but the Sharks were playing in their third game in four days when the Oilers beat them 2-1. Now that San Jose is rested, it will be very hard for Edmonton to beat them again. "We have to get right back to business and play this same team, which is an extremely hard team to play," said head coach Dallas Eakins. "They're well coached, they're organized and they have such a veteran core that they're hard to beat."
Dec 9 - 10:35 AM

Dallas Eakins has a 35-59-14 record since becoming the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

Craig MacTavish, the Oilers GM, spoke to the press on Friday in a 'state of the team' address as Edmonton continues to struggle and are in the throes of an 11 game losing streak. "Coaching is under scrutiny, make no mistake about that, but in my mind, at this time to make a coaching change," MacTavish said. "We’ve changed assistant coaches, we’ve brought in co-coaches. We’ve brought in former head coaches. We’ve had four coaching changes ... And those coaches were all delivering the same message. "We need a higher level of execution ... There has to be personnel changes and more competitive people brought in over time but we need this group, and I want the group to know at the end of this, that the emphasis largely on them. And that includes the coaches to try to get us to a level of performance so that we can have success in the NHL."
Dec 6 - 7:27 AM

Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins remained positive after his team dropped their 11th straight game.

Edmonton suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to Winnipeg. "I thought we played a textbook road game," said Eakins. "We settled in, into a building that is extremely loud and volatile. We settled into the game and I thought we played a mature road game. I thought we showed some growth from how we've played as of late and I believe if we can play that game every night, we're going to win a lot of hockey games." It's tough to swallow the moral victory lines when the team is 6-15-5 and in the midst of nearly a decade of failure. All the same, this game might prove to be a small step in the right direction despite the outcome.
Dec 4 - 9:23 AM

Dallas Eakins wasn't upset with the Oilers following their 1-0 overtime loss to Nashville on Thursday.

"It's hard to take when our guys play that hard," said Eakins. "To a man, our guys worked extremely hard against a team that may be the hardest-working team we've seen this year. I thought we matched their work ethic and that's a tough one to take at the end." Edmonton has now gone eight straight games without a win. It might be early in the season, but it would be extremely hard for the Oilers to climb out of the hole they've dug for themselves.
Nov 28 - 10:11 AM

Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins is hoping that no one else falls following the firing of goaltender coach Frederic Chabot.

Of course, if there is another firing this season, it will probably be Eakins himself that's shown the door. The Oilers were hoping to at least show signs of progress this season, but so far they're in the Western Conference's basement with a 6-13-2 record. "The group has shown in spurts this year that they can get the job done," Eakins said. "We have to get the job done."
Nov 25 - 10:36 AM

The Edmonton Oilers announced the firing of goaltender coach Frederic Chabot on Monday.

Dustin Schwartz will replace Chabot. Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth have struggled mightily this season. Both netmidners have goals-against averages above 3.00 and save percentages below .900. Perhaps a new voice and some changes will help them out.
Nov 24 - 3:57 PM

Coach Dallas Eakins feels the time for the Oilers to be satisfied with moral victories has passed.

The Oilers have a 6-10-2 record this season, so if they don't start winning soon, they'll fall too far behind the pack. As it is they're eight games out of a Wild Card spot and while it's still very early, points get increasingly hard to make up as the season progresses. "It's time now," Eakins said. "We've shown that we can play with teams. We've shown that we can out-play teams. We've showed that we can get both points and we have to turn the heat on now. It’s time to turn the heat up on ourselves, for the result. We can't feel good about, 'This is great, it's not like last year.' Last year is gone, we're a different team, there is a different expectation and we have to find a way and we’re going to find a way to get over those humps."
Nov 18 - 10:41 AM

Players that want to get the most out of their money should seek employment with the Edmonton Oilers or Calgary Flames, based on a study from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and Americans for Tax Reform.

That's because Alberta has the lowest tax burden for high income earners among all the locations that host NHL teams. Some areas of the United States used to have them beat, but taxes have gone up in America in recent years. A player in Calgary or Edmonton will see 38.5% of their paycheck go to taxes while in Sunrise, Dallas, Tampa Bay, or Nashville, their tax burden is 40.5%, up from 35.7% in 2012. Lower taxes are a potential selling point with unrestricted free agents, but obviously it's far from the only factor. The players that have to pay the most in taxes based on that study are the Montreal Canadiens, which are charged 54%.
Nov 17 - 6:45 PM

The Edmonton Oilers didn't seem particularly down on themselves after Sunday's 2-1 loss to Arizona.

"It was one of those nights where it's hard to look at anybody in our lineup and fault them," said head coach Dallas Eakins. "Or say they had an off game or anything like that." Moral victories are tough to swallow 6-10-2 team, but after years of finishing near or at the bottom of the league's standings, Edmonton is trying to at least gradually move forward.
Nov 17 - 10:42 AM

Dallas Eakins has given every player in his lineup at least 10 minutes of ice time in each of Edmonton's last four games.

It was a much different story in 2013-14 when that only happened in three games over the course of the entire Oilers' season. Eakins credited GM Craig MacTavish for providing him with more depth this season. "We've had conversations with players about where they fit in the line-up," Eakins said. "And a lot of time you get talking about what happened last year. This isn't last year. The depth of our forwards, especially, have changed." Edmonton will be going for its fourth straight win on Monday.
Oct 27 - 8:39 AM

Dallas Eakins was very encouraged by the Oilers' 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday.

"I think for the group, it was more like everything we've put in place here will work, there's no need to change anything," said Eakins. "That was the one thing we were really hammering home as a staff: We're not changing anything. We know this is the way to go with this group. It's going to work." It's not surprising that Eakins would assume the role of cheerleader for his relatively young squad that's desperate for momentum. The Oilers are probably better than their 0-4-1 start indicated, but that's not saying much. This team doesn't look like a good bet to make the playoffs.
Oct 22 - 10:05 AM

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PosRoleName
C1Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2Leon Draisaitl
3Anton Lander
4Boyd Gordon
5Mark Arcobello
LW1Taylor Hall
2David Perron
3Benoit Pouliot
4Luke Gazdic
5Matt Hendricks
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Teddy Purcell
3Nail Yakupov
4Steve Pinizzotto
5Tyler Pitlick
D1Justin Schultz
2Andrew Ference
3Jeff Petry
4Nikita Nikitin
5Mark Fayne
6Keith Aulie
7Brad Hunt
8Oscar Klefbom
G1Ben Scrivens
2Viktor Fasth