At the tip of this season, the three-year contract that Dallas Eakins signed as head coach of the Anaheim Ducks in 2019 will expire. With the staff now underneath new administration after hiring common supervisor Pat Verbeek earlier this 12 months, some questioned whether or not Eakins can be retained. Elliott Teaford of the OC Register reports that the staff is anticipated to retain Eakins for at the least another season, with Verbeek set to make clear the scenario this week. The Athletic has also reported that the Ducks coach might be again in 2022-23, and notes that the unique deal might have contained an choice for a fourth 12 months.
Eakins, 55, has been with the Ducks group since 2015, first serving as head coach of the San Diego Gulls for 4 seasons earlier than taking on behind the Anaheim bench in 2019. During his time on the NHL stage, the staff has had middling outcomes, although the event of gamers like Trevor Zegras, Jamie Drysdale and particularly Troy Terry has been celebrated.
Once a rising star within the teaching ranks, anticipated to have an extended, profitable profession, Eakins’ first probability behind the bench of an NHL staff didn’t go nicely. In 2013, he was employed as the pinnacle coach of the Edmonton Oilers, a staff loaded with younger expertise that included the 25-and-under group of Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, David Perron, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Nail Yakupov and Jeff Petry. Things nearly instantly went south, and after lacking the playoffs badly in his first 12 months, Eakins was dismissed simply 31 video games into his second season with the Oilers.
Again, although, he confirmed he may get excellent outcomes on the AHL stage, taking the Gulls to the playoffs thrice and successful 4 complete playoff rounds. When Randy Carlyle was fired by the Ducks in 2019, Eakins grew to become an apparent alternative to interchange him after paying his dues on the minor-league stage. Still, the group took its time and interviewed a number of different candidates earlier than finally handing him the job.
Now, after some early success this season, the Ducks as soon as once more discover themselves nicely under .500 and out of doors the playoff image. They offered off a number of key gamers on the deadline and can lose captain Ryan Getzlaf on the finish of the 12 months to retirement. There ought to be a ton of stress on Eakins and the staff to take one other step ahead subsequent season, particularly if his contract is barely prolonged by one 12 months.