Acton has experience with Eakins. Both served as assistants with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2006-08. Acton, in fact, spent a decade as an assistant coach with Toronto, ending his tenure there in 2011. In 2012-13, Acton was an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Acton, 55, was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens at No. 103 in 1978. He went on to play 1,023 NHL games with the Canadiens, the Minnesota North Stars, Oilers, Flyers, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. He was a member of the 1988 Oilers team that won the Stanley Cup.