EAKINS: "I WANT TEAMS TO FEAR US"

Jason Gregor
June 11 2013 01:50PM

Dallas Eakins will spend this week in Edmonton talking to Steve Smith and Kelly Buchberger to see if they will be part of his coaching staff. He will also sit down with Craig MacTavish and get a sense of the roster, the strengths and weaknesses, and start planning for next season.

Eakins is very intense, he's a fitness freak and when I spoke to him on my radio show yesterday afternoon, it was clear he is a man with a plan. He wants teams to fear the Oilers skill, their speed and their physicality. Of course, the latter hasn't been a strength of the Oilers for years, and Eakins gave us some insight on how he plans to change that as well as they style and system his team will play next season.

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MONDAY MUSINGS...MACT'S FIRST MOVE

Jason Gregor
June 10 2013 12:02PM

The Edmonton Oilers will officially announce Dallas Eakins as their 14th head coach in franchise history at a 1:30 p.m. press conference this afternoon. You can listen to it live on TEAM 1260 or streaming here. General manager Craig MacTavish made his first "bold" move of the off-season on Saturday when he fired Ralph Krueger. Hockey is a tough business, and after only 48 games, without a legitimate training camp and no preseason games, Krueger was let go.

It is hard to accurately suggest how Krueger was as a coach in that short of time, but it is clear that MacTavish felt he wasn't the right guy moving forward.

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THE RIGHT TIME TO LEAVE...

Jason Gregor
June 07 2013 03:27PM

Yesterday on the TEAM 1260, Oilers GM Craig MacTavish told Mark Spector, that "in an ideal scenario" Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff would be traded. I believe the timing is right for the Oilers and their two longest serving (consecutively) players to part ways, but that doesn't mean it has to be a bitter divorce.

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PLAYER PROFILE: DARNELL NURSE

Jason Gregor
June 05 2013 12:08PM

***Photo courtesy of James Egan Photography.***

From the moment I welcomed Darnell Nurse onto my show on Monday he impressed me. He was very polite, poised, well-spoken and comfortable. I really enjoy interviewing people for the first time, because it is the unknown and I never know how the interview will go, but right away I sensed Nurse would be a great guest.

He might have even exceeded my initial expectations as the interview went by very quickly and easily.  He gave some great answers, but moreso I felt he let the listeners get a sense of who he was. After the interview I spoke with a few NHL people who interviewed him at the combine, and they were very impressed with his maturity, calm demeanor and his focus when they interviewed him.

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MONDAY MUSINGS...

Jason Gregor
June 03 2013 01:23PM

As the calendar turns to June, the NHL playoffs are just above the halfway point, the NHL combine has come and gone, CFL camps are starting up and the oddest, yet most hilarious, new fitness craze is upon us.

If you are a sports fan read on, but if you are a creative, witty and tech savvy you should definitely read the final thought.

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