This past week the Edmonton Oilers earned some very important victories. The Oilers squeaked out a couple one-goal games earlier this week, and secured a 6-3 victory against the basement-dwelling Hurricanes on Friday. The wins were key to Dallas Eakins keeping his Head Coach title. For now.
According to Steve Simmons of the Edmonton Sun, if the Oilers didn’t turn things around and get some wins during this 7-game home stand, management were prepared to part ways with Eakins. While Eakins has only been with the Organization for one full season, the revolving door of coaches seems all too imminent.
Even with the 3-game win streak under their belts, the Oilers have a league worst 3.88 Goals Against average, and the league’s 2nd worst save percentage at .872.
Thankfully, Scrivens has played much better for the Oil in net during this recent home stand, stopping 81 of 88 shots faced in the wins. The Oilers even managed to keep Superstars Alexander Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos off the score sheet.
While the speculation of Eakins’ job currently being on the line isn’t shocking, the talk about the potential replacement is. The man they were allegedly ‘sniffing around’ was none other than Mark Messier.
If that were the case, to me, replacing one inexperienced NHL head coach for another (with even less experience) seems like a disaster, but I wouldn’t put it past Katz and the boys.
As the home stand continues with the Montreal Canadiens in town, it will be interesting to see how the Oilers handle teams higher up in the totem pole. It is no secret the last two wins have been anything but convincing and Eakins keeps relying on players who are better suited for softer minutes. It seems like not only Eakins but the whole of management should be on notice after 8 years of futility.
For now we wait and see how far the Dallas Eakins experience goes, and hope that if he is to be replaced, it will be for a better option. That is about the least this group of players deserve and this fans deserve and this city deserves. Should be an interesting week in Oil Country.