Another NHL coaching job will open on Saturday, if briefly.

The Edmonton Oilers have fired Ralph Krueger, according to multiple reports, and both TSN's Darren Dreger and Ryan Rishaug believe that Dallas Eakins, Toronto's AHL coach, will soon replace him.

Eakins, 46, is a candidate for the New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars. He previously interviewed with Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish for an associate head coaching job—and that interview apparently went well.

The timing of Saturday's announcement is a little odd, but if MacTavish wanted Eakins, he likely had to strike fast.

Eakins has earned praise for his ability to develop young players, Nazem Kadri in particular, and was an obvious rising star in the coaching community. That would serve him well in Edmonton, where the team is banking on talented young players Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz.