Update on Oilers Search for Associate Coach


The Edmonton Oilers are looking for help behind their bench.  Someone who can aid head coach Ralph Kreuger and more importantly continue to help the younger Oiler players develop into their full potential.

Last week we heard that Rick Bowness, a long-time NHL assistant coach was appealing to the Oilers management team.  But Bowness signed on with the Tampa Bay Lightning this week and for the Oilers the search continues.

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal provided a small update on the potential candidates that still remain as possibilities for Edmonton.

Former head coach Paul Maurice has already interviewed for the job and according to Matheson, so to has Dallas Eakins, currently the head coach of the Toronto Marlies in the AHL.

What makes hearing Eakins name so interesting is the amount of attention he has received lately for the vacant head coaching positions around the league.  Eakins has been tied to the Vancouver Canucks head coaching job and according to Elliotte Friedman of CBC, he is the proverbial favorite with Canucks management as of right now.

Eakins has also been tied to the Dallas Stars and New York Rangers vacancies meaning the Oilers could be the least favorite to land the former NHL player if in fact he gets an offer to become a head coach.  It is gratifying to hear that Eakins interviewed with Oiler management, showing he is interested, albeit his preference has to be one of the three head coaching gigs.

Matheson also mentions the name of Davis Payne who is currently with the Los Angeles Kings, who is a former St. Louis Blues head coach as a possibility.

No timeline has been given as to when the Oilers expect to make their decision but obviously having someone in place prior to the NHL Entry Draft would be ideal.

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