Morning Hits: Final starts on Wed., Eakins replacing Kruger, Rangers coaching candidates, Doughty’s bum ankle, MacTavish Presser

  • NHL: The Stanley Cup Final gets underway on Wednesday in Chicago at 8:00 pm ET. Game 2 goes on Saturday at 8:00 pm ET.
  • Ryan Rishaug: Sounding like Dallas Eakins will be the next Oilers head coach. David Pagnotta: Eakins has been locked in as Oilers coach and will officially be introduced in the next few days.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If the Penguins decide to fire head coach Dan Bylsma, he could become the Rangers top candidate if the Penguins would grant them permission to talk. The Rangers have permission to speak with Alain Vigneault, Dallas Eakins and Lindy Ruff. Dave Tippett’s preference is to remain with the Coyotes and Mark Messier is still in the picture. Vigneault seems to be the leading candidate at the moment.
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings Drew Doughty had been playing on a bad ankle since the Sharks series.


  1. theoil

    June 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

    MacT confirming yet again that he was the right hire for this job. As he said there are more tough decisions ahead.

  2. AJ

    June 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

    @ theoil: You may be right.

    What’s your take on your forward group, handling the Horcoff and Hemsky contracts and potentially trading one of the young guns?

    Especially in light of these last couple of playoffs, a huge amount of toughness is required to be succesful beyond having a lot of skill.
    Questions arose that the oilers may be too small and soft, while lacking the right attitude. I tend to agree based on this year.
    You need a lot of toughness, veteran presence, size and leadership. Lot of decisions ahead indeed.

    Retrospectively it seems the Oilers have wasted a couple of years in going nowhere rebuild.
    Eakins is a high risk-high reward choice imo.

  3. Patrick

    June 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Trading Horcoff for a case of beer would be a great trade. He’s a terrible contract. I really like MacT being the GM. I think Alain Vigneult should be considered. The oilers have more skilled players than the Canucks ever had and he was a skilled-player type coach.