He will be taking over for head coach Randy Carlyle, who was fired in February and replaced by general manager Bob Murray, who took the position to keep a closer eye on the team. The Ducks ended up missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2011-2012 season, and finished sixth in the division.
Eakins had two stints in the AHL, including with the Toronto Marlies before coaching the Oilers, but he did not even last two season with the Marlies. After recording 67 points in his first season, he was fired just 31 games in to the next, but did have more success at that level in San Diego. The Gulls finished third in the AHL's Pacific Division and reached the semifinals of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
The 52-year-old did spend 10 years in the NHL from 1992 to 2002 with eight different teams. He was a defenseman, but did not play more than 23 games in a single season. That was with the Florida Panthers in the 1997-1998 campaign. He is hoping to have more success as a coach, but veterans such as Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, and Ryan Kesler are older and hurt, so it may quickly turn in to a bit of a rebuilding process for the Ducks.