On Saturday, the team fired Ralph Krueger as coach after one season.
The Oilers, who haven't been to the Stanley Cup Playoffs since making it all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final as an eight seed in 2006, finished third in the Northwest Division and 12th in the Western Conference this past season with a 19-22-7 record.
Eakins, a former NHL defenseman, is currently coach of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.
Well, for me this one's concerning, the way we performed. Because three games in, playing a desperate team on the road, I was expecting something else than this. Right now, I'm just disappointed. The other games, I thought we did some things that you can build off your game. There wasn't a lot accomplished in tonight's game.
— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards after a 4-2 loss to the Sabres on Monday dropped Columbus to 0-3-0
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