NHL coaching candidate Dallas Eakins is off to Vancouver for a second interview with the Canucks, according to TSN.
Eakins, currently the bench boss of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, has a summer window in his contract to explore opportunities in the NHL.
Per The Province, Eakins is indeed an intriguing candidate to the Canucks, who fired head coach Alain Vigneault after the playoffs. However, Eakins’ lack of coaching experience in the NHL is a concern.
That’s why L.A. Kings assistant John Stevens continues to be the betting favourite locally, even though the Canucks won’t be able to interview him until his team is out of the playoffs.
Here’s the question I keep hearing: How can Stevens be the favourite if he hasn’t interviewed and Eakins will have done two sit-downs with Gillis?
The answer is all about his resume.
Not only has Stevens been a head coach, he’s done it in Philadelphia, one of the more demanding markets in the league.
He’s won a Calder Cup as a head coach and a Stanley Cup as an assistant.
As for Eakins, he’s also reportedly a candidate for head-coaching jobs in New York (Rangers) and Dallas, as well as an associate’s position in Edmonton.