Ducks to hire Dallas Eakins as head coach, report says

Anaheim may have finally found its replacement for Randy Carlyle.

According to TSN, Dallas Eakins is “the last man standing” in the Ducks’ search for a head coach.

A formal announcement of the move is expected to take place sometime this week, the report noted.

Eakins, 52, has spent the last four seasons serving as head coach for Anaheim’s AHL affiliate San Diego Gulls. He posted a 154-95-23 record during the regular season and helped the team earn three Calder Cup Playoff berths.

Before his AHL stint, Eakins was hired as head coach of the Oilers in 2013 and coached for 113 games before being fired during the 2014-15 season.

The Ducks fired Carlyle in February after the team fell into last place in the Western Conference, and general manager Bob Murray took over as interim coach.

Carlyle, 62, was in his second stint with Anaheim and left as the winningest coach in Ducks history after leading the team to three Western Conference Final appearances and the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.