The new minor-league San Diego Gulls will be led by a recent
Eakins, 48, a former defenseman who spent parts of nine NHL seasons with eight franchises, was fired amid organizational disarray in Edmonton after a 7-19-5 start last season. In his debut 2013-14 season, Eakins directed the Oilers to a 29-44-9 finish.
The Oilers won the NHL draft lottery and are expected to select phenom Connor McDavid with the first pick Friday.
In San Diego, Eakins will return to the
Eakins has achieved success in the AHL. He capped a four-season stint as head of the
Meanwhile, Ducks General Manager Bob Murray is scheduled to interview former
MacLean won the Jack Adams Award given to the NHL coach of the year after leading Ottawa to a 25-17-6 record in the lockout-shortened 2013 season.
He was fired last season after the
If MacLean is hired, it will give the Ducks two former NHL head coaches, including Trent Yawney, on the bench with Ducks Coach
Murray spent extra time evaluating Boudreau following a season in which the Ducks took the eventual
An official familiar with Murray's thinking but unauthorized to comment publicly on the coaching strategy said the pursuit of Eakins and MacLean is based on "hiring the best people," more so than applying pressure on Boudreau.