Eakins, who the Rangers have permission to speak with, is believed to be high on the Canucks list but not their number one choice.
Former Ranger, Islander and Devil Mike Motteau played part of this season for Eakins and told the NY Post that Eakins personality and even keel are one of the biggest strengths he has as a coach.
Motteau said that Eakins understands that not every play is going to be perfect and that he has a good sense of reality about the game.
He called Eakins a "breath of fresh air" as a coach and one that focuses on the strengths of his players and not conforming everyone to a system.
Motteau said, “he has everything going for him that you would need to be your guy, to be the from. I think that he would be a great change of character for that organization.”
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Adam Rotter: I don't think Dallas Eakins will end up as head coach of the Rangers, but I would have no problem if he did. Everything you read about him makes him seem like the perfect fit for where the Rangers are and what they have gone through with John Tortorella. He doesn't have the experience at the NHL level of Alain Vigneault, who I think will end up with the job, but he has been a coaching at a high level in the AHL and developing players for the Maple Leafs.