The Edmonton Oilers hired Head Coach Dallas Eakins to help turn around a franchise that owns the NHL’s longest playoff drought.
Eakins sent a message to his new team on Saturday evening as he attempts to change the culture in Edmonton.
“You will either compete hard or you will not play,” said Eakins. “I do not care how old you are, how much money you make or how much time you have left on your contract. You will compete or your minutes will be cut until you buy-in. That is the way it’s going to go.”
Eakins and the Oilers begin the regular season on October 1, at home against the Winnipeg Jets.