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The Edmonton Oilers have hired Dallas Eakins as their new coach, replacing the fired Ralph Krueger. Eakins is the fourth coach in the past five seasons for the Oilers, who have not made the playoffs since reaching the Stanley Cup final in 2006. ''This isn't about winning one game or winning one season,'' Eakins said. ''We want to be in the mix every year to win.'' The 46-year-old Eakins spent the past four seasons with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, reaching the Calder Cup final in 2012. That's when Edmonton general manager Craig MacTavish, who was coaching the Chicago Wolves at the time, first noticed Eakins' coaching acumen. After interviewing Eakins at a Toronto hotel, MacTavish said Monday, he quickly realized it would make more sense to hire him as a head coach than an associate on Krueger's staff. Eakins was considered an up-and-coming name in NHL coaching circles. He reportedly drew interest from the Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks, and MacTavish knew he had to move quick...
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