Coach Dallas Eakins has returned to the NHL after a stint with the San Diego Gulls. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Gulls

The Anaheim Ducks began their first training camp under coach Dallas Eakins Friday with three practices at Great Park Ice in Irvine.

With the onset of camp, the Ducks begin their quest to rebound from their first non-playoff season since 2011-12.

Eakins coached the Ducks’ American Hockey League affiliate in San Diego the past four seasons. The Ducks’ 60-player training camp roster includes 23 players who played for Eakins and the Gulls last season.

They include:

  • Forwards Sam Carrick, Brent Gates Jr., Luke Gazdic, Max Comtois, and Corey Tropp,
  • Defensemen Simon Benoit, Hunter Drew, Jacob Larsson and Steven Ruggiero, and
  • Goalies Kevin Boyle and Roman Durny.

Eakins coached the Gulls to a 154-95-23 record the past four seasons, the best record in the AHL’s Pacific Division since its 2015 inception.

He replaces Randy Carlyle, who was fired on Feb. 10 when the Ducks were tied for last in the NHL’s Pacific Division with a 21-26-9 record.

General manager Bob Murray served as interim coach the remainder of the season.

The Ducks were 35-37-10 last season, finishing sixth in the eight-team division.

This is Eakins’ second opportunity as an NHL coach. He coached the Edmonton Oilers to a 36-63-14 record from 2013 until being fired 31 games into the 2014-15 season.

The Ducks begin preseason play Tuesday at San Jose. They open the regular season Oct. 3 against the Arizona Coyotes.

– City News Service 

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