In a media conference Tuesday, a day after being fired, Eakins urged Oilers fans to remain patient with the organization. He believes better times are ahead.
"My message to the people and to the fans -- I can speak freely now -- and like it or not, you need to be patient," Eakins said. "With [new coach Todd Nelson] coming in, [general manager] Craig MacTavish took over this job 18-20 months ago. I understand being out of the playoffs for a long time, but the situation is the situation. It's kind of like losing all your money. You don't get all your money back the next day; you have to start working again and working at it.
"This organization is where it's at and all of this past is painful for anyone that's been through it. The fans of this organization have suffered greatly, but I'm going to tell you, you need to be patient and that's the way it goes. And if anybody is going to find the solution, it's going to be Craig MacTavish, and I know that for sure."