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BLOG: Eakins - Getting to know phase just beginning

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

For new Head Coach Dallas Eakins, the getting to know the players stage of camp and the preseason has just begun.

While he wouldn’t put a timetable on it, Eakins says it is going to take some time before he is comfortable with each and every player and their personalities.

“It takes a while,” said Eakins. “Listen, me talking to (Ladislav) Smid a couple of minutes ago for two minutes isn’t going to get a whole lot done. The process is never ending.

“It’s going to be everyday and every time and the great thing that I have here is I’ve got three very experienced assistant coaches who can cover a lot of the system work, getting practices ready and things of that nature. It allows me to get out in the dressing room with players.”

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