Rickard Rakell

Ducks hire Dallas Eakins as their new coach

Ducks hire Dallas Eakins as their new coach

Dallas Eakins was named the Ducks new coach on Monday.

Eakins takes over for the fired Randy Carlyle after he coached the team’s minor league affiliate San Diego Gulls for four seasons. He was always considered to be a strong candidate unless another surpassed him during the process, which concluded last week.

Eakins gets his second shot as an NHL head coach. His 18-month tenure with the Edmonton Oilers ended with his firing in 2014, and he worked his way back into consideration in the minor league system with the Ducks. Eakins helped grow the franchise’s prospects, such as Shea Theodore and Brandon Montour, and more recently with Maxime Comtois, Sam Steel, Max Jones and...