Its official. The Edmonton Oilers have fired head coach Dallas Eakins on the heels of losing 15 of 16 games on the way to missing the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.
General Manager Craig MacTavish was designated coach until Todd Nelson, who was promoted to interim head coach, can be brought up from Edmonton’s American Hockey League affiliate in Oklahoma City. No word yet on how long MacTavish will be away from the front office.
MacTavish called Eakins an “excellent coach” but said the continuing losses meant something had to be done. MacTavish took responsibility for assembling the team.
“I’m not here to absolve myself of accountability,” MacTavish said at a news conference.