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Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - No offense to Dallas Eakins, but his firing as head coach of the Oilers is the least interesting part of the recent turmoil in Edmonton. Thats because Eakins only had a brief role in a drama that was going on well before he arrived in Edmonton, and one that shows no signs of slowing down. Sadly, Oilers fans can only see this story heading in one direction. Its unclear if its comedy or tragedy, but whatever it is its unlikely to get rave reviews. Eakins lasted only 113 games behind the Oilers bench, but that was more of a chance the club gave Ralph Krueger, who served as coach for 48 games before getting the ax following the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. Even the late Pat Quinn only lasted 82 games before getting let go after the 2009-10 season. For the time being, the Oilers have gone back to the man who preceded Quinn behind the Edmonton bench, as general manager Craig MacTavish is taking over for Eakins on an interim basis. Before taking the GM job in April of 2013, MacTavish coached the Oilers for eight seasons from 2000-01 to 2008-09 and he was at the helm for Edmontons one shining moment in the 21st century. But its been a long time since MacT shocked the hockey world by taking an eighth-seeded Oilers club to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006, and Edmonton seems as far away as ever from even returning to the postseason. This time, MacTavish is only planning to coach for a brief period while Todd Nelson prepares to take over the reins. Nelson was promoted from his job as coach of Edmontons American Hockey League affiliate in Oklahoma City and will serve as an assistant under MacTavish before transitioning into the head job. But just like it isnt really about Eakins, this isnt about Nelson either. Whether hes behind the bench or not, the focus is centered around MacTavish, as is the ire of a disgruntled fan base. While facing the media Monday after announcing the coaching changes, MacTavish seemed to finally realize he needs to own every bit of this debacle. Earlier this month, the GM tried to evade some of the blame for the current state of Edmontons hockey team and it did not go over well. Ive been on the job for 18 months, MacTavish said on Dec. 5. I coached the team here for a long time, but I had nothing to do with management, so dont lop me in into a situation of power and influence in the management level of this organization. The GM apparently learned from his mistake because that type of rhetoric was nowhere to be found on Monday. In its place was an acceptance that everything that is wrong with the Oilers now is MacTavishs problem, whether that is technically true or not. There is blood all over my hands in this too as well, MacTavish said on Monday. Because I put the lineup together and the roster. Im not here to absolve myself of accountability for the situation that were in. With a 7-19-5 record through 31 games -- the worst mark in the NHL -- the Oilers are likely headed for another high draft pick and may once again be picking No. 1 overall when the 2015 draft rolls around. But when a team has had such little success at picking new talent, its hard to even get excited about the prospect of kids like Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel donning an Edmonton sweater. In the end, theres a fundamental lack of faith in MacTavish (or anybody else, for that matter) to turn things around in Edmonton and that is the saddest part of this saga. Although it may have comedic elements to those watching from the outside, to those who love the Oilers and remember the halcyon days of the 1980s and 90s it is tragic to see hope die a slow death the way it has in Edmonton. Of course, MacTavish and his colleagues in the Oilers front office still claim to have hope they can turn things around. 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More than 300,000 cubic metres of dirt is to be removed over the summer -- about 25,000 truckloads of material. Regina Mayor Michael Fougere (foo-ZHAYR) said the new Mosaic Stadium will become one of the citys landmarks. The $278-million stadium is to be coompleted by August 2016.dddddddddddd The design was released last month and calls for a 33,000-seat facility that can be expanded to hold 40,000 fans for special events. The stadium is to have wider seats, a sunken bowl for easier spectator access and expansive concourses. Although it is open-air, it features a translucent spectators roof that extends over the seats to provide protection from the elements. The venue is being described as "roof ready," meaning a full cover could be added at a later date. The current stadium near downtown Regina originally started as a rugby field in 1910 and is known for its old wooden-bench seating and wind exposure. 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