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05-06-2013, 02:55 PM
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Dallas Eakins comes from the Roger Neilson/Colin Campbell Peterborough Petes. Eakins played for the Rangers in the 1997 playoffs when Soupy was the head coach. Brian Burke would have hired Eakins as his coach in Dallas but Jim Nill got the Stars GM job. Eakins is in his 4th season as Marlies head coach. One fault of the Rangers organization is never grooming an AHL coach to take over. If the Rangers keep Torts and they decide to fire him in November 2013,their choices will be limited to the out of work guys. They won't be allowed to hire a coach under contract to another organization. Steve Yzerman hired Jon Cooper in 2010 to coach their AHL team. He won a Calder Cup and was named AHL coach of the year. Yzerman hired Cooper from the USHL Green Bay Gamblers. Yzerman hired Cooper as Lightning coach. The results will show if that was a good move but Yzerman had a plan in place. You can't say that about the Rangers. Ken Gernander? George McPhee interviewed Cooper but he went with Oates.

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