Dallas Eakins is ‘fully aware’ there are NHL coaching vacancies

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Given today’s happenings in Vancouver, now is a great time to note that Dallas Eakins is free to explore NHL coaching opportunities.

Eakins — a 46-year-old former NHLer — has been the head coach of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies for the past four seasons. Last year, he led them all the way to the Calder Cup finals. (After which he signed a three-year contract, with an NHL out.)

“I’m fully aware there’s been some coaching changes and there’s opportunities out there,” Eakins said, per the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle.

“Will we look at them? Absolutely.”

Coaching vacancies also exist in Dallas and Colorado.