The Edmonton Oilers will usher in their next head coach on Monday and by all accounts Dallas Eakins is set to take over a team that is again in transition.

Eakins, 46, will be named the club’s fifth coach in a short six-year span, replacing Ralph Krueger, who was fired on Saturday after just 48 games as the head man behind the Oilers bench.

In short, Eakins — who had also been interviewed by the Vancouver Canucks and was reportedly set to meet with the Dallas Stars — was available and the Oilers were willing to sacrifice Krueger.

In four seasons as the head coach of the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League, Eakins registered a record of 157-114-41 and had a hand in developing the likes of Toronto Maple Leaf players Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner.

Prior to that, Eakins worked as an assistant coach with the Maple Leafs from 2006-07 through 2007-08 under then head coach Paul Maurice. He spent one season as the Leafs director of player development. He was named the Marlies head coach on Aug. 4, 2009.

Ironically, his last appearance at the AHL championship final was in 2012 when the Marlies were defeated by the Norfolk Admirals in the Calder Cup final.

They advanced by eliminating the Edmonton Oilers farm team in the Western Conference final, which begs the question, what message does this send to Todd Nelson, the Oklahoma City Barons head coach?

Oklahoma City has made it to the Western Conference final in two consecutive seasons and did make it to the first round in Nelson’s first season in 2010-11. He certainly hasn’t had the same exposure as Eakins, given he’s in Oklahoma City, not in Toronto. But he, too, has had two seasons as an assistant in the NHL (Atlanta Thrashers 2008-10).

Might Nelson be a candidate for the other coaching post that still needs to be filled in the NHL?

Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish said on Saturday that he wants to have another coach on staff. Last season, Krueger worked with Steve Smith and Kelly Buchberger. Eakins has been working with Gord Dineen and Derek King in Toronto and may want one or both of his former assistants to move with him to the NHL.