Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/8/13
The reason Ryan Smyth watched Monday’s game from the press box is because Dallas Eakins didn’t think it wise to bring up five players from the AHL to replace all the guys he wanted to shelve. The Oilers head coach said there were “four or five” forwards who could have been yanked from the lineup and still might be if their habits don’t change. “I could have had my pick of any one of them” said Eakins who made good on his promise to start rattling cages if he didn’t like what he saw and he most certainly didn’t in Edmonton’s 6-2 loss in Vancouver. “I’ve challenged those players to be better.” This includes everyone regardless of where a player might think he belongs on the depth chart. Another one of Eakins’s promises is there will be no favourites. “I’ve already warned the players about this it doesn’t matter to me what the fan base thinks of you if they hold you in high esteem you have to have results” said Eakins. “If not you’re going to be held accountable. Smyt
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