Candidates who've been told they're no longer in the running for the Anaheim Ducks' coaching job believe Dallas Eakins will be named the club's new bench boss, reports TSN's Frank Seravalli. A formal announcement is expected this week.
Eakins is the current head coach of Anaheim's AHL affiliate, the San Diego Gulls, who he led to a 36-24-5-3 record this past season.
The 52-year-old has been out of the NHL since the 2014-15 season, when he was fired by the Edmonton Oilers after being hired the previous campaign. He also has experience as the head coach of the AHL's Toronto Marlies.
The Ducks fired veteran coach Randy Carlyle in February and had general manager Bob Murray behind the bench to close out the remainder of the 2018-19 season, which they finished in 24th place.
Eakins' appointment as the Ducks' bench boss would fill the league's last remaining coaching vacancy.