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02-18-2014, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Up the Irons View Post
just more weirdness. It looks more and more like Eakins is not coaching the players he's got, he is trying to break said players into the player-types he wants for the team he invisions.

Just what did Mact so love about this guy? when you love a guys philosophy on what makes a championship team, do you not consider the actual players you've got? I think Mact completely forgot about this vital aspect when he pulled the trigger on Kruger. It was an impulse move completely shrouded in emotion. he saw stars after interviewing Eakins, and after a few martinis in Lowe's room, he pulled the pin. Now he's got a coach that is more suited for a bunch of hacks, working with elite, but very raw skill.
Your description of Eakins perfectly describes Mactavish's coaching philosophy over the course of the 9 years he ran the Oiler's bench, which then answers the second question of why Mact would be enamoured with Eakins after one interview.

Tearing down players and discarding anyone who didn't fit the narrow definition of what inflexible coach thinks a hockey player should be was the norm in Edmonton for a very long time. It's unsurprising that the coach who brought that mentality to the bench for so long, made it his first move as a new GM to re-establish that ideology within the organization.

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