Over the weekend it was reported by the Edmonton Journal that Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins had made some drastic changes inside the team’s dressing room. Gone are the pictures and plaques of the past that represent so much of the Oilers history. Photos of Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Jari Kurri will be displayed outside the room for the fans to enjoy but inside the room it’s being trasnformed into a current shrine of Oilers players.
Eakins wants the room to resemble the current Oilers and make it “their” dressing room. Having remnants of the past doesn’t quite accomplish that so he’s making some changes. Remember the large ice surface that occupied most of the carpet in the Oilers room? It to is gone and the new shag will feature an Oilers logo.
When discussing the notion of someone stepping on the logo, Eakins told Chris Wescott of the EdmontonOilers.com “I dare you to do that.” Talk about setting the respect level for the front of the jersey and not the back.
But is Eakins wrong for removing all the historic memorabilia? After all, it was those players that were on display that define the word success in Edmonton and represent the logo on the jersey.
It is in the past and for Eakins and his new club it’s about looking forward, creating a new atmosphere in that room, one that will translate into success and carry over onto the ice. He wants to have every player on the current roster on display somewhere in the room, stating “it’s their room.”
It is a bold move to say the least but when change is required as it was in Edmonton, sometimes the details that are changed are the ones that hurt the most.
Eakins doesn’t want to forget about those players that built Edmonton into a legacy around the league, he just wants the room to be a new sanctuary for his new team with the future chapters and successes yet to be written. It’s a fresh start in Edmonton with Eakins and now for the player it’s their turn to create their own history.
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