The Second Opinion

Jonathan Willis
December 16 2014 09:53AM

Todd Nelson

One of the interesting complications to the Edmonton Oilers’ decision to dismiss Dallas Eakins and promote Todd Nelson is that the new coach brings with him a firm understanding of what’s happening in Oklahoma City, a firmer understanding than probably anyone else in the organization.

The general manager sets the roster of the team, but the head coach has the power to influence those decisions and it’s going to be awfully hard to tell Nelson that he can’t have Player X from the farm if he thinks Player X will help the situation. Which players currently on the farm might benefit from that?

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It's Not Your Fault

Matt Henderson
December 16 2014 08:12AM

It's not your fault.

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It’s important to know where the accountability needs to stop

Jonathan Willis
December 15 2014 06:10PM

Dallas Eakins 19

As anyone reading this almost certainly knows, on Monday the Oilers dismissed head coach Dallas Eakins. It’s the most significant change to the team in quite a while, and it’s a very good bet that the changes don’t stop with the head coach.

However, it’s also a very good bet that the changes stop somewhere well below Craig MacTavish and Kevin Lowe.

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MacT and Nelson face many challenges

Jason Gregor
December 15 2014 01:35PM


When you are a 30th place team every aspect of your team game is below average. This season the goalies, defence, forwards, coaching, scouting and management have all been underwhelming. Today, Dallas Eakins paid the price for the shortcomings of the team and was fired, but he is far from the only one who needs to improve.

Which area needs to be addressed the most?

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Robin Brownlee
December 15 2014 11:08AM

Dallas Eakins was set up to fail as coach of the Edmonton Oilers and he most certainly did, prompting the Oilers to fire the second-year bench boss 113 games into his tenure with the team this morning.

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