Oilers to announce Eakins as the new bench boss Staff

6/9/2013 7:35:28 PM

The Edmonton Oilers are set to announce the club's new head coach, two days after GM Craig MacTavish's announcement that Ralph Krueger was fired.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Oilers will introduce Dallas Eakins as the new bench boss at a press conference on Monday.

Eakins spent the past six seasons in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization in various roles. From 2006 to 2008 he served as an assistant coach for the Maple Leafs. During the 2005-06 season, Eakins was an assistant coach with the Marlies.

He was named the third head coach in Marlies history on August 4, 2009.

The Dade City, Florida native was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 10th round, 208th overall, in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. Eakins played in 120 games for Winnipeg, Florida, St. Louis, Phoenix, the New York Rangers, Toronto, the New York Islanders and Calgary, collecting nine assists and 208 penalty minutes. He retired from professional hockey following the 2004 season with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.

Krueger was fired from the head coaching position on Saturday after guiding the Oilers to a 19-22-7 record this past season. Edmonton finished 12th in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs for the seventh straight year.