Eakins was in the second year of a four-year contract with the Oilers, but with the team failing yet again to make any strides on the ice, the Oilers and GM Craig MacTavish have decided to part ways with the coach.
Over the course of his tenure with the Oilers, the team posted a 36-63-14 record, finishing outside the playoffs his first season and finding themselves in last place in the NHL this season with the league's worst goal differential.
Calls for Eakins firing began during Edmonton's tumultuous 11-game losing streak, and the Oilers have won only one game in their last 16 outings. The team has lost each of their last four games.
Before coming to Edmonton, Eakins was the coach of the AHL's Toronto Marlies, where he became one of the most sought after coaches after posting back-to-back 40-plus win seasons in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
With Eakins gone, Todd Nelson will come up from Oklahoma of the American League to apprentice with MacTavish. MacTavish will join Nelson behind the bench before handing interim coaching duties over to Nelson. MacTavish was the Oilers coach for eight season from 2000 to 2009, and had a record of 301-252-47-56, and led the team to the Stanley Cup Final in 2005-06.