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23/11/2016

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EDMONTON -- The new coach of the Edmonton Oilers has already delivered a message to his new team: get fit or get out. Vince Dunn Blues Jersey . "I think there may some big adjustments for the players, with me coming in here," Dallas Eakins said at his introductory press conference. "I want players to be so fit that a forward, if I ask him to play 26 minutes that night, hes going to play 26 minutes at a high level. If were in a Stanley Cup playoff game and were in quadruple overtime, he will still be firing on all cylinders. "That is something that Im passionate about that will be probably a bit of a challenge on the buy-in. But its non-negotiable, and there will be buy-in." Eakins, who replaces the fired Ralph Krueger, comes to the Oilers after spending four years as an AHL coach in Toronto, where he led the Marlies to the 2012 Calder Cup final. Thats where the 46-year-old caught the eye of Edmonton general manager Craig MacTavish, who had gone up against him as the then-coach of the Chicago Wolves. "He was getting players to do things that as a coach I knew were very difficult to get players to do," said MacTavish. "I always felt that the teams that were most prepared off the face-off before the puck was going to drop had a real residual effect on their overall team game. Their teams, every time that puck dropped, were very well-prepared." After interviewing Eakins at a Toronto hotel, MacTavish said Monday he quickly realized it would make more sense to hire him as a head coach than an associate on Kruegers staff. Eakins was considered an up-and-coming name in NHL coaching circles. He reportedly drew interest from the Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks, and MacTavish knew he had to move quickly. "He had too much polish and pedigree not to land one of the NHL jobs available," MacTavish said. Eakins is the fourth coach in the past five seasons for the Oilers, who have not made the playoffs since reaching the Stanley Cup final in 2006. He said one of the reasons he wanted to come to Edmonton was the teams young and gifted line-up. That roster that includes No. 1 picks Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov along with Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz. His guidance of young players like Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri in Toronto played a role in the Oilers hiring him. "The pieces that are currently in place with this team excited me," Eakins said. "Its definitely a team that has potential to do some special things." Eakins said his coaching style -- he credits Roger Neilson and Paul Maurice as main influences -- isnt likely to change much as he moves to the big league. "I dont coach a team," he said. "I coach anywhere from 23 to 27 individuals. "The way you coach players now is you get them one-on-one. You grab them for lunch, you hit them at the coffee machine. Its small group meetings, its one-on-one meetings and its constant. Its every day. "Youve got to know their triggers. You have to look under a lot of stones sometimes to find out what makes a guy tick. But once youve got it, you can really help push him in the right direction." He promised fast, aggressive hockey. "I want to be able to push the pace as high as we can, not only with our speed and our skill but our fitness level. "When we have the puck we are going to challenge the other team with that kind of game. But as soon as we lose the puck, were going to push the pace to get it back." Never more than an NHL journeyman, Eakins said he put his nights as a healthy scratch to good use. "I wasnt just sitting upstairs eating popcorn," he said. "I was taking notes." Eakins got a couple congratulatory shout-outs from his old organization. "Congrats to (Eakins) on getting the job in Edmonton. Great man, great coach," tweeted Leafs defenceman Mike Kostka. Former Leafs general manager Brian Burke added his own tweet. "Congratulations to Dallas Eakins. He has worked very hard for this opportunity. An excellent young coach." He also has a wicked deadpan. Reminded by one reporter of his 120-game, scoreless NHL career, Eakins responded without even the flicker of a smile: "Coaches were holding me back." He turned that sense of humour and his passion for fitness on reporters once more as the questions and answers came to an end. "Enjoy those doughnuts, guys," he said. "Its the last time youll see those." Doug Gilmour Blues Jersey .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Colton Parayko Jersey .B. - Sebastien Auger made 44 saves as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the visiting Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2-1 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. http://www.officialbluesnhlshop.com/alex-pietrangelo-jersey/ .  Breaking three of his own world records on his way to winning in Paris, Chan silenced the critics and left the audiences standing in appreciation and awe. SEATTLE -- Raul Ibanez doesnt know when his final game will be and hes playing like it wont be anytime soon. Seattles 41-year-old outfielder hit his 22nd home run to help Felix Hernandez win his ninth game in the Mariners 11-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night. Ibanezs home run -- on a 0-2 pitch from Red Sox starter Jon Lester (8-5) -- broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth. It was his seventh go-ahead home run this season and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. "At some point last year (with the Yankees), I started acting like it was my last game," said Ibanez, who turned 41 on June 2. "I asked myself the questions, How would I act, what would I think about, how would I prepare? I wanted to enjoy it as much as I could. "Im 41. You cant play this game forever. I used that approach. Hopefully, I can share that approach with the younger guys, telling them, Hey, time goes by really fast. Enjoy this. " Ibanez needs eight more home runs to pass Ted Williams for the most home runs by a 41-year-old. Williams hit 29 at age 41 in 1960, his final season with the Red Sox. "Hes found -- almost -- the fountain of youth," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Hes at 22 home runs tonight. Obviously, it speaks to a lot of hard work." Hernandez (9-4) held the Red Sox to two runs and six hits over seven innings. He walked two, struck out six and maintained his 2.69 ERA, second lowest in the American League behind teammate Hisashi Iwakumas 2.60. "The offence came today," Hernandez said. "Raul do the same thing hes been doing for like two months, and we win the game." Hernandez allowed two or fewer runs for the 13th time in 19 starts. "He wasnt as tough as Ive seen him in the past when he was throwing 96-97, but he still is a great pitcher," Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "He goes out there and throws all his pitches for strikes and still gets of lot of swings and misses." Justin Smoak had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs for Seattle. Michael Saunders had two doubles and three RBIs. Seattle pounded out 15 hits in winning for the fifth time in seven games. Boston has lost three straight, matching its season high. Entering the game, the Mariners had just two hits in its previous 32 at-bats with runners in scoring position, and were on an 0-for-19 run. After three innings, the run had grown to 0 for 25. Kendrys Morales opened the fourth with a hard single to left. Kyyle Seager followed with a single that just ticked off second baseman Dustin Pedroias glove. Jay Bouwmeester Jersey. The ball trickled into right field, allowing Morales to reach third. With one out, Smoak finally broke the stretch of futility with double just inside the third-base bag. Morales scored and Seager advanced to third. Mike Zunino walked to load the bases and Saunders walked to drive in Seager. Smoak said failing to hit in the clutch is harder "because you want it so bad." "You put a lot of pressure on yourself instead of going up there relaxed looking for a good pitch to hit and putting a good swing on it," Smoak said. "Ive been watching Raul do it all the time, and (Kendrys) Morales and Seag." Boston responded in the top of the fifth with a pair of runs. Daniel Nava had a RBI single and Brock Holt raced home from third on a wild pitch to make it 2-2. Ibanezs leadoff home run in the fifth gave the Mariners the lead for good. He has hit eight home runs in his last 13 games and the Mariners have hit at least one home run in 16 straight games. "I felt I executed that pitch fairly well, enough to not have that result," Lester said of his cutter to Ibanez. "Obviously, he was sitting on it. Its frustrating because it is 0-2, but it was the pitch I wanted to go to." Ibanez has 203 doubles and 149 home runs as a Mariner. He is one home run from joining Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner and Alvin Davis as the only Mariners with at least 200 doubles and 150 home runs. Smoak, Ibanez, Brad Miller and Nick Franklin added RBI hits. Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each had RBI doubles in the eighth. NOTES: With RHP Jeremy Bonderman designated for assignment Monday, the Mariners need a starter Thursday. "Well be pulling someone up for that," Manager Eric Wedge said. It could be RHP Erasmo Ramirez, coming back from a triceps strain, or RHP Brandon Maurer, who began the year with the big club. . Wedge said Tom Wilhelmsen has worked his way back into the closer role after a three-week absence for inconsistency. . The Red Sox were without Jacoby Ellsbury (left wrist) and Shane Victorino (left hamstring), so manager John Farrell said he had to go with a "makeshift" lineup. Ellsbury is working on a season-high 17-game hit streak and has a major league-high 36 steals. . LHP Andrew Miller is expected to have surgery for a damaged left foot ligament and likely will be out for the season. Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '