Anaheim Ducks will not renew Dallas Eakins as head coach
After a long dreadful season, the Anaheim Ducks will be looking for a new head coach for the upcoming season. The Ducks announced Friday that they will not be renewing head coach Dallas Eakins’ contract.
“We thank Dallas for his eight years with the organization as head coach of both the Ducks and Gulls,” Ducks owner Henry Samueli said, via Anaheim Ducks Press Release. “Susan and I are especially proud of his commitment to the community in both Anaheim and San Diego. Which included countless charitable initiatives. We know Dallas will succeed in his future endeavors, as character people often do.”
“This was a very difficult decision, one that comes after careful and considerable deliberation,” general manager Pat Verbeek said, via Anaheim Ducks Press Release. “At the end of the day, I simply feel that a fresh perspective and new voice will be beneficial for the team. Dallas has handled himself with class and character through a difficult season. We wish him the best in the future.”
Eakins joined the Ducks on June 17, 2019, after being fired as the Edmonton Oilers head coach in December 2014. The Ducks would later hire Eakins at their AHL affiliate, the San Diego Gulls. After a historic tenure with the Gulls, the Ducks named Eakins as their head coach in 2019.
Eakins would then disappoint with his time in Anaheim. He would eventually lead the Ducks to a record of 100-147-44. The Ducks wouldn’t make the playoffs in that four-year span. In fact, they haven’t made the playoffs since the 2017-18 season. This offseason the Ducks will look to add a new bench boss before the start of the 2023-24 season.
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