Ducks to name AHL's Eakins new coach

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The Anaheim Ducks have gone to their AHL affiliate to find their next head coach, with Dallas Eakins getting the job, according to multiple reports.
Eakins has led the San Diego Gulls since 2015. He does have NHL head-coaching experience, with the Edmonton Oilers from 2013-15.
The 52-year-old is a former NHL defenseman, playing with eight teams from 1992 to 2002. The most time he ever got in the NHL was 23 games with the Panthers in 1997-98.
After his playing days, he coached the Toronto Marlies of the AHL before getting the Oilers job. The team had 67 points in 2013-14 and missed the playoffs. Eakins was fired 31 games into the next campaign.
The Gulls finished third in the Pacific Division of the AHL last season but made it to the semifinals of the Calder Cup playoffs before bowing out.
The Ducks fired coach Randy Carlyle in February. General manager Bob Murray took over for the remainder of the season with an eye on evaluating the team.
Anaheim finished sixth in the Pacific Division and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12.
The Ducks face difficult personnel decisions as they gear up for a retool. The "big three" of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler are all 34 and have each battled significant injuries the past two seasons. Perry and Getzlaf have salary-cap hits above $8 million and are under contract through 2020-21. Kesler, with a $6.875 million cap hit, is under contract through 2021-22. All three players have no-movement clauses.
 

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DUCKS HIRE DALLAS EAKINS AS HEAD COACH



The Anaheim Ducks today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Dallas Eakins head coach. With the announcement, Eakins becomes the 10th head coach in franchise history.
“Dallas is an outstanding head coach who has worked well with our players since joining the organization four years ago,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He is a tremendous leader and strategist, and deserves this opportunity.”
Eakins, 52 (1/20/67), most recently served as head coach for the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2015-19. In his four seasons behind the bench, Eakins led San Diego to a 154-95-23 record and three trips to the Calder Cup Playoffs. Under Eakins, the Gulls led the AHL Pacific Division in wins, points (331) and points percentage (.608) since the division’s inception in 2015-16.
“This is a tremendous honor for my family,” said Eakins. “I am truly humbled. It was a privilege to serve as head coach of the San Diego Gulls during our first four seasons, and I look forward to build off that success here in Anaheim.”
Eakins joined the Anaheim organization June 26, 2015 after serving as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers from 2013-15. The Oilers went 36-63-14 in 113 games under Eakins, who had previously spent four seasons as head coach of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies (2009-13). In 584 career AHL games with San Diego and Toronto, Eakins led his teams to a 311-209-64 record and five appearances in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Eakins helped San Diego advance to the 2019 Western Conference Finals and guided his 2011-12 Marlies club to an appearance in the 2012 Calder Cup Finals.
Selected by Washington in the 10th round (208th overall) of the 1985 NHL Draft, Eakins appeared in 120 NHL contests with Winnipeg, Florida, St. Louis, Phoenix, New York Rangers and Islanders, Toronto, and Calgary. The defenseman collected 0-9=9 points with a +6 rating and 208 penalty minutes (PIM) in his NHL career. Eakins also played in the AHL and International Hockey League (IHL) during his professional career, winning both the Calder Cup (2002) and Turner Cup (2000).