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11-03-2013, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by cyril View Post
They signed Eakins to a four year contract!

I said it in the summer and I will say it again, a rookie AHL star coaches typically do not have success right away in the NHL. This team needed a veteran NHL coach.
If this is true, I really don't understand why the Oilers haven't just thrown a big stack of cash at a Dave Tippett or Ken Hitchcock type of coach. Not them specifically since I don't know their contract status, I'm just making the point that if a coach can have as much an impact as seemingly most of us would attribute to Eakins, why not spend what you need to spend to land an experienced, elite coach?

Hell, maybe even Tortorella was the right guy. People dump on him all day for being a dick, but he has better results than many other coaches at the NHL level.

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