Ducks hire Dallas Eakins as new head coach

Anaheim has finally found its replacement for Randy Carlyle.

The Ducks on Monday announcedĀ Dallas Eakins has been hired as the team’s next head coach.

TSN reported Sunday thatĀ Eakins was “the last man standing” in the team’s search for a head coach.

“Dallas is an outstanding head coach who has worked well with our players since joining the organization four years ago,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a release. “He is a tremendous leader and strategist, and deserves this opportunity.”

Eakins, 52, hadĀ spent the last four seasons serving as head coach forĀ Anaheimā€™s AHL affiliate San Diego Gulls. He postedĀ a 154-95-23 record duringĀ the regular season and helped the team earnĀ three Calder Cup Playoff berths.

Before his AHL stint, EakinsĀ was hired asĀ head coach of theĀ Oilers in 2013 and coached for 113 games before beingĀ fired during the 2014-15 season.

“This is a tremendous honor for my family,”Ā Eakins said. “I am truly humbled. It was a privilege to serve as head coach of the San Diego Gulls during our first four seasons, and I look forward to build off that success here in Anaheim.”

The Ducks firedĀ Carlyle in February after the teamĀ fellĀ into last place in the Western Conference, and Murray took over as interim coach.

Carlyle, 62, was in his second stint with Anaheim and left asĀ the winningest coach in Ducks history after leading the team to threeĀ Western Conference Final appearances and the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.