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01-19-2014, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Njoy Oilers View Post
First. I'm not an Eakins fan, but, what if he had a Real defence core to work with? Yes, that includes a defensive coach. Perhaps the focus could be on improving the fwd group's complete game. Eakins could the be graded a little more fairly.
Don't completely buy this. MacT made guys like Jason Smith and Steve Staios into top pairing fill for awhile. He got the best hockey in either players career out of them. Neither were all that good before, or after they got here.

In some sense coach also makes player. Better or worse anyway. Its pretty clear what direction Eakins is resulting in. Virtually any D here is having a career worst nightmare year. This should be enough illustration to say enough.

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