Anaheim Ducks Raise, Call, Fold: Addressing Speculative Topics

OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 07: Anaheim Ducks Defenceman Cam Fowler (4) prepares for a face-off during second period National Hockey League action between the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators on February 7, 2019, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 07: Anaheim Ducks Defenceman Cam Fowler (4) prepares for a face-off during second period National Hockey League action between the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators on February 7, 2019, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 29: San Diego Gulls head coach Dallas Eakins talks with players during the Anaheim Ducks’ annual development camp at Anaheim ICE in Anaheim on Friday, June 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register via Getty Images) /

Dallas Eakins should be the next head coach of the Anaheim Ducks.

Khalid Hart: Call — Yes, Dallas Eakins has the respect and time with some of the younger players who will be on the team, as well as some of the vets. However, I still think there are better coaches on the market. Coach Joel Quenneville, Darryl Sutter, and Alain Vigneault; these are all coaches who have been to the Stanley Cup Final since 2014. They are all successful in their own way and are proven winners. I don’t think Eakins should get the job just because he’s close and convenient.

Jake Robles: Raise — He’s already under contract, it’s a super simple solution.

TJ Watson: Call — I want someone behind the bench who is more innovative, and Dallas Eakins fits that bill. However, I want to see how he transitions in Anaheim before I make that judgment call.

Ed Stein: Raise — Dallas Eakins should absolutely be the Anaheim Ducks next head coach. He’s done a wonderful job of developing prospects in San Diego. Let him work with those same players at the next level.

Eddy Jones: Call — Dallas Eakins will be the next coach of the Anaheim Ducks, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I think he should. He’s qualified and probably knows these players more than anyone else out there. However, I don’t know how I’d feel to be the team who misses out on Rickard Gronborg. I feel he’s going to be a great coach in this league and he’d be my first choice.

Kennyth Marcial: Call — Dallas Eakins has done a great job in San Diego and a lot of our prospects are familiar with his coaching. Having an intimate knowledge of our roster will help his chances and he’s got the inside position for the job. With Joel Quenneville available, as well as Rickard Gronborg, there will be stiff competition for the job, and I wouldn’t say it’s a foregone conclusion that Eakins is their choice.

Ciara Durant: Call — I respect Dallas Eakins tremendously for the work he has done at developing our younger prospects the past few seasons, and I would not be disappointed if he took his rightful place behind the bench. However, with other coaches potentially up for grabs in the off-season, such as Sheldon Keefe and Rickard Gronborg, I really hope Bob Murray will conduct a few interviews instead of jumping the gun and hiring Eakins for the job from the get-go.