The hiring returns Eakins to the AHL, where he guided the Toronto Marlies to the 2012 Calder Cup Final, the league’s championship series. Eakins was a defenseman with the Calder Cup champion 2001-02 Chicago Wolves.
Eakins coached the Oilers to a 36-63-14 record from the start of the 2013-14 season until being fired 31 games into the 2014-15 season after Edmonton got off to a 7-19-5 start.
Eakins “brings experience in hockey at all levels, both as a player and head coach,” said Bob Murray, the executive vice president/general manager of the Gulls’ NHL parent, the Anaheim Ducks, and the Gulls’ president of hockey operations.
Eakins was also an assistant coach with the Marlies in the 2005-2006 season and with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs from 2006-2008.
— City News Service
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