Dallas Eakins, Ducks Reportedly Agree to Contract as New Head Coach

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2019

ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, OCT. 10 - San Diego Gulls coach Dallas Eakins watches during hockey practice, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in San Diego. Less than a year removed from being fired in mid-season by the Edmonton Oilers, Eakins professes not to be in a rush to get back to the NHL as he begins to develop the top farm team for the Anaheim Ducks, who play just 90 minutes up the freeway. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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The Anaheim Ducks have reportedly found their new head coach.

Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reported the Ducks are expected to announce Dallas Eakins as the head coach Monday. Eakins coached the San Diego Gulls—Anaheim's minor league affiliate—the last four seasons.

Eakins previously coached the Edmonton Oilers during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 campaigns but finished with a 36-63-14 record and zero playoff appearances.

He was much better in the minor leagues and led San Diego to the playoffs in three of the last four seasons after he took the Toronto Marlies to the Calder Cup Final in 2012.

Anaheim struggled this season on the way to a 35-37-10 record, snapping a stretch of six straight trips to the postseason. The team fired Randy Carlyle after 56 games and turned to Bob Murray as the interim coach but is going with a familiar face to many in the organization in Eakins.

Zupke noted he "helped grow the franchise's prospects, such as Shea Theodore and Brandon Montour, and more recently Maxime Comtois, Sam Steel, Max Jones and 2018 top draft pick Isac Lundestrom."

He will be under the microscope as he attempts to turn around a franchise that is accustomed to competing in the Western Conference. The Ducks won the 2007 Stanley Cup Final and reached the conference finals in two of the last five years.

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