The Edmonton Oilers have decided to fire yet another head coach after giving Ralph Krueger just one year on the job. After finishing the shortened season with a record of 19-22-7 under Krueger and missing the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs for the seventh consecutive year, the Oilers management’s patience has run thin.
No replacement has been named yet.
While there is no immediate replacement, the name that has surfaced as the early front-runner is Dallas Eakins, the Toronto Marlies since 2009. The Marlies are the American Hockey League affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The move is somewhat of a surprise after the team’s general manager Craig MacTavish refused to blame Krueger for the team’s struggles.
“It would be assinine to think that the situation that we’re in has anything to do with Ralph Krueger,” MacTavish said two months ago, via CBC. “We have to take the responsibility ourselves as managers to get more out of the group we have. We have to add depth to the group we have. That’s where my focus will be.”
I guess when you make the postseason just twice in eleven seasons you have to try anything.