On Eakins: the Canucks have obtained permission from the Toronto Maple Leafs to speak with him about the vacant head coaching position. Eakins has an out clause in his contract that allows him to freely speak with any NHL team during the summer about a head coaching position.
Nonis and the Maple Leafs did not have to give the Canucks permission and could have forced them to wait until the summer. In the meantime, other teams could have interviewed and/or hired Eakins while the Canucks waited. Perhaps the animosity between the two organizations is not as strong as what has been reported in the media.
It was rumoured this animosity was what prevented goaltender Roberto Luongo from becoming a Maple Leaf at the trade deadline. Other reports said the Canucks’ unwillingness to retain part of Luongo’s cap hit as the dealbreaker. (Obviously the first version was what got widely circulated)
Perhaps two deals can be done between the Canucks and Leafs: the hiring of Eakins and the trade of Luongo.