Eakins has been with the Maple Leafs organization for the last seven seasons, the first as an assistant with the Marlies, two years as a Maple Leafs assistant and the last four as head coach of the Marlies.
His record as head coach of the Marlies is 157-114-41. He guided the Marlies to the Calder Cup finals last year.
This past season Eakins coached the Marlies into the second round of the playoffs in a season where he lost 11 players to the Maple Leafs at various points in the season.
Eakins was almost promoted last year to be head coach of the Maple Leafs before Brian Burke decided to go with Randy Carlyle.
Carlyle spent time with Eakins during the lockout and noted that he was close to being an NHL coach
Johnston says that one of Eakins best attributes is getting the best out of his players, especially the ones in the AHL who aren't close to being called up.
Sportsnet's John Garret says that Eakins is a protege of the late Roger Neilson after playing for him in Florida.
10:30PM: Steve Zipay writes that the Rangers may approach Eakins about joining the staff even if he doesn't get the head job.