Oilers name Quinn, Renney as Coaches

Wanye
May 26 2009 11:42AM

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As predicted by Robin Brownlee back on May 13 “I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see Tambellini hire a head coach and an associate coach in tandem, then fill out the bench roster by adding an assistant or two.” Whatever witchcraft Brownlee is seemingly able to perform at will has worked again, as the Oilers have named Pat Quinn Head Coach of the team and Tom Renney as his associate.

We know that acres of type will be devoted to dissecting this tandem, so here is the launch pad for further conversation. Each will be given a brief introduction so that the debate can begin in earnest.

Tom Renney

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In Tom Renney it’s clear the Oilers are looking to stay with the Sexy Silver Fox type coach and we for one couldn't be more pumped. In addition to coaching the Canucks and the Rangers, Renney has a lengthy international record having guided Team Canada three gold, three silver and two bronze medals in the world Championships. He has also been no joke coaching in NYC, guiding the Rangers to three consecutive post season berths before being relieved of command during the 08-09 season. Having coached Jaromir Jagr, Renney will also be able to apply his Czech Superstar Jedi Mind Tricks to our young Ales Hemsky in an effort to elevate his game to the next level.

Pat Quinn

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Born sometime during the Civil War, Pat Quinn has enjoyed a lengthy coaching career. The Oilers will be his fifth team, having coached Philadelphia, LA, Vancouver and most recently Toronto. At the time of his departure from the Leafs in 2006, Quinn was the winningist active coach in the NHL. All this guy does is get up in the morning and win hockey games Nation, most recently coaching the World Juniors to a fifth consecutive gold medal this year. If he can bring some of that ol' black magic to the Copper and Blue, the team is headed in a decidedly different (read: better) direction than many thought possible a few short weeks ago.

What we like about this deal from minute one is it is a clear departure from days gone by. These two saavy gents have lengthy resumes with one key piece wonderfully missing:

Neither have played a game as an Edmonton Oiler.

UPDATE

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Welcome to the OilersNation Mr Quinn and Renney. We love our ice hockey squadron up in here.

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#51 Smokin' Ray - NNC
May 26 2009, 01:37PM
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WTF!?! Bucky stays? WTF!?!

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#52 Ducey
May 26 2009, 01:41PM
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Willis,

I read your piece. I generally agree with respect to Quinn but expect you are wrong on a couple of points.

Roster construction is up to Quinn, Renney, Tambellini and Lowe. I don't expect we are going to see the Leaves of earlier in the century. The Oilers are a young team and he is simply going to have to find a way to play the young guys.

While Quinn may not have matched lines before, he seemed to in the World Juniors. As well, the hiring of Renney as associate signals that all these decisions are not exclusively in Quinn's domain. The stereotypes about what Quinn will do have to be modified to some degree.

There is nothing in this that means Renney is the succession plan. If things work out, sure. But there is no reason he can't be canned at the same time as Quinn.

I for one really like the amount of experience they have just added to the staff. Both coaches have seen it all. They should really be able to maximize player development.

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#53 Ender the Dragon
May 26 2009, 01:42PM
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With the addition of Quinn, we've gone from an Old Boy's Club to an Ancient Boy's Club. I hope Quinn doesn't suffer a heart failure the first time he learns that Moreau played on the top line this last season.

The one 'silver' lining here is that if one coach dies/gets fired, we/ve still got the second guy to pilot the ship through the storm.

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#54 Rick
May 26 2009, 01:47PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

And as for the welcome break from the “Old Boy’s Club”, welcome to a new Old Boy’s Club - except one that, unlike the Oilers edition, never won anything.

It does make you wonder what we are in store for, doesn't it.

Hiring a guy like Tambellini from an organization like Vancouver is fine if he is a free thinker and is determined to carve a unique path for himself.

Hiring a guy from an organization like Vancouver just so that he can mimic what they had out there really doesn't leave me feeling all warm and fuzzy.

If you're going to hire a guy that is going to do that then you hire a guy from one of the few truly elite clubs. Not the Vancouver freakin Canucks.

This hiring is going to take a little while to digest.

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#55 bingofuel
May 26 2009, 01:47PM
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What we lose in MacTavish's Silverfox sexiness, we gain in coaching experience and manatee impressions

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#56 The Menace
May 26 2009, 02:12PM
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How long ago did RB say that Huddy and Moore would get the boot, while Bucky would find a soft landing? I'm starting to come around on that guy! ;)

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#57 West Coast Oil
May 26 2009, 02:12PM
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Rick wrote:

Jonathan Willis wrote: And as for the welcome break from the “Old Boy’s Club”, welcome to a new Old Boy’s Club - except one that, unlike the Oilers edition, never won anything. It does make you wonder what we are in store for, doesn’t it. Hiring a guy like Tambellini from an organization like Vancouver is fine if he is a free thinker and is determined to carve a unique path for himself. Hiring a guy from an organization like Vancouver just so that he can mimic what they had out there really doesn’t leave me feeling all warm and fuzzy. If you’re going to hire a guy that is going to do that then you hire a guy from one of the few truly elite clubs. Not the Vancouver freakin Canucks. This hiring is going to take a little while to digest.

I think people are putting too much stock in the fact that all three worked together. Unlike the Boys on the bus these 3 have worked minimally together and all are respected in any hockey circle. The Oilers OBC had a tendency to bring in old Oilers who had no experience and then force feed them into a position that would pay them well.

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#58 baggedmilk
May 26 2009, 02:15PM
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bingofuel wrote:

What we lose in MacTavish’s Silverfox sexiness, we gain in coaching experience and manatee impressions

Feel free to join JSBMrevolution on Twitter in the #patquinnissoold jokes.

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#59 Ogden Brother
May 26 2009, 02:15PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

And now we have the only coach in the league who doesn’t believe in matching lines. And as for the welcome break from the “Old Boy’s Club”, welcome to a new Old Boy’s Club - except one that, unlike the Oilers edition, never won anything. Okay, so I’m going a little over the top here, but this doesn’t strike me as good news. I hope I’m wrong.

Bingo ;)

though it will be all high fives and overating around here until the novelty has worn off and people realize were still a bubble team.... then the conspiracy theories will pop up.

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#60 Wanye Gretz
May 26 2009, 02:21PM
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I am listening to the audio of the interview right now. Is it weird I get excited by the words of a 88 year old man and I want to chug beer right now and yell shooooot?

Answer: No.

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#61 Ender the Dragon
May 26 2009, 02:26PM
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I can't believe that within an hour of the announcement, Wikipedia lists Quinn as head coach of the Oilers. Sheeesh! OK, which one of you guys was it?

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#62 Jack Bauer
May 26 2009, 02:27PM
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Lets not get over zealous here. This team in its current roster sucks a lot. I will be more excited when we make some player changes.

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#63 West Coast Oil
May 26 2009, 02:28PM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

Jonathan Willis wrote: And now we have the only coach in the league who doesn’t believe in matching lines. And as for the welcome break from the “Old Boy’s Club”, welcome to a new Old Boy’s Club - except one that, unlike the Oilers edition, never won anything. Okay, so I’m going a little over the top here, but this doesn’t strike me as good news. I hope I’m wrong. Bingo though it will be all high fives and overating around here until the novelty has worn off and people realize were still a bubble team…. then the conspiracy theories will pop up.

If I am not mistaken the old coach in Calgary didn't believe in line matching and that seemed to work out okay for them...

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#64 Wanye Gretz
May 26 2009, 02:29PM
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I love how Quinn is already calling out the veterans as "maybe being the type to put their feet up on the desk every now and again"

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#65 Ender the Dragon
May 26 2009, 02:30PM
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Some people gave Keenan a hard time in Calgary for not skating with his players. I hope Quinn doesn't try to be the hero here and do it differently; I mean, he falls and shatters his hip the first day, and then where are we? Oh yeah, Katz already thought of that; Renney's the insurance. Got it.

Renny still remembers how to skate, right?

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#66 myteammytown
May 26 2009, 02:31PM
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@ Ogden Brother

no need to wait, i can see it now.

"the reason the oilers arent performing well under quinn is due to the fact mact ruined them so BADLY that they cannot possibly ever recover"

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#67 DK0
May 26 2009, 02:34PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

I love how Quinn is already calling out the veterans as “maybe being the type to put their feet up on the desk every now and again”

Totally. I'm excited. Also the friggen guy who asked about the future for quinn and renney, for the love of god they just accepted this job 2 minutes ago, can we at least see him coach a game before we start hassling him about when hes going to retire/get fired. FFS.

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#68 Jack Bauer
May 26 2009, 02:35PM
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Quinn is not going to take shît from jerkoffs like Staios and Moreau. These guys better come prepared to play or else theyll find the door.

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#69 Wanye Gretz
May 26 2009, 02:39PM
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Surprising true fact from presser: Pat Quinn had to retire from the NHL because he fell of his skateboard and injured his leg.

Mad respect

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#70 Ender the Dragon
May 26 2009, 02:39PM
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Wanye, I'm glad to see you and some of the others excited today. I imagine it'll be at least a month into the season before we first see the letters 'FQRNF' rear their ugly heads. For now . . .

[sung brightly] Rainbows and lollipops . . .

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#71 Wanye Gretz
May 26 2009, 02:47PM
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@ Ender the Dragon:

Fot the record I didn't want MacTavish fired until they got rid of Craig Simpson. Once the old chiseled jaw got the boot there was no one left to blame.

I look forward to the pendelum swinging back towards irrational exhuberance here in the Nation. Two years ago we designed a special look for the site for when the Oilers make the playoffs that is so pretty I cry every time I see it and cry more when I think how much of a waste the last three years have been.

All we want is this team to win. If any bone of positivity is thrown to us hungry masses we should be quick to seize upon it.

People who are reacting to this negatively either

a) Don't get hockey b) Aren't getting laid regularly c) Don't get hockey

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#72 Harvey S.
May 26 2009, 02:48PM
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So subtle, but I think well said overall. Should add that Horcoff may wake up and have to actually go into some of the harder areas to stay on the 2nd line (just cannot see him on the 1st).@ Jack Bauer:

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#73 mazola
May 26 2009, 02:51PM
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So help me I'm tingling.

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#74 scorcoff hemmercules
May 26 2009, 02:54PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

@ Ender the Dragon: Fot the record I didn’t want MacTavish fired until they got rid of Craig Simpson. Once the old chiseled jaw got the boot there was no one left to blame. I look forward to the pendelum swinging back towards irrational exhuberance here in the Nation. Two years ago we designed a special look for the site for when the Oilers make the playoffs that is so pretty I cry every time I see it and cry more when I think how much of a waste the last three years have been. All we want is this team to win. If any bone of positivity is thrown to us hungry masses we should be quick to seize upon it. People who are reacting to this negatively either a) Don’t get hockey b) Aren’t getting laid regularly c) Don’t get hockey

Is that a crack at Willis. He gets hockey so....you get my drift. lol.

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#75 Travis Dakin
May 26 2009, 02:58PM
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scorcoff hemmercules wrote:

Is that a crack at Willis. He gets hockey so….you get my drift. lol.

well...... he IS married so... HA!

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#76 Wanye Gretz
May 26 2009, 02:59PM
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@ scorcoff hemmercules:

Did Willis bash this move? Oh for heavens sakes I didn't read that. More often than not the guy is usually right with his theories .... where did he write it?

Oh and Willis does well with the ladies. VERY well if you get my drift. VERY VERY well if you really want to know. You can't have 16 illegitimate kids unless you are taking care of business somewhere along the line.

I met him at an LA Lakers cheerleading tryout after party and we have been buddies ever since.

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#77 scorcoff hemmercules
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@ Travis Dakin:

Haha, oh, he's married. I know the answer for sure then. I feel your married pain Willis.

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#78 scorcoff hemmercules
May 26 2009, 03:02PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

I guess he didn't really bash it but wasn't overly happy about Quinn. I expected that reaction from him since it wasn't Arniel.

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#79 Boris
May 26 2009, 03:02PM
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@ Jack Bauer:

I'm with you on that one. Quinn still has it and out of all the potential coachs, with the exception of Ted Nolan, Quinn is the best guy for this team. Now lets see what changes they make.....

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#80 DonDon
May 26 2009, 03:03PM
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West Coast Oil wrote:

If I am not mistaken the old coach in Calgary didn’t believe in line matching and that seemed to work out okay for them…

As a matter of fact, it didn't. And where is that old coach today?

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#81 Ender the Dragon
May 26 2009, 03:12PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Did Willis bash this move? Oh for heavens sakes I didn’t read that. More often than not the guy is usually right with his theories …. where did he write it?

See #39 of this thread. Willis has some of his thoughts posted elsewhere that he links to.

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#82 Samwise
May 26 2009, 03:14PM
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Cautious optimism.... Plan to book Rexall for a post-season? Yes... Plan the parade route? No!!!

Now we wait and see what the draft/UFA frenzy and resignings do for the roster. After all, we need to ice a team of players, not coaches...

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#83 Librarian Mike
May 26 2009, 03:22PM
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I'm at work and missed the press conference. Was there any word from LOLKatz?

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#84 Ender the Dragon
May 26 2009, 03:23PM
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Lowetide's 'Quinn-in-a-Box' article that Willis references in #39 is also a very good read, if not for the faint-hearted.

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#85 DonDon
May 26 2009, 03:29PM
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First big mistake for Tambellini. PAT QUINN for head coach, God help us in our time of need! Selecting the old Irishman, an NHL dinosaur if there ever was one; bad decision. Best before date 1995. The game has passed him by, just like it did for Keenan. His biggest problem will be staying awake on the bench during games. I have a better feeling for Tom Renney, but what is Bucky's role? Carrying the sticks? I feel like my favourite NHL team has jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Tambellin's next big test is cleaning up the mess Kevin Lowe left him with mediocre forwards and getting comfortably under the salary cap. Mission impossible in today's NHL? This NHL franchise is a long way from being a legitimate contender.

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#86 Greg MC
May 26 2009, 03:32PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

I met him at an LA Lakers cheerleading tryout after party and we have been buddies ever since.

I thought it was a Star Trek convention!

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#87 baggedmilk
May 26 2009, 03:37PM
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I read a rumour that I made up that Quinn was once tag teamed by Estelle Getty and Betty White. You have to admire that.

*baggedmilk likes the Quinn move*

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#88 Wanye Gretz
May 26 2009, 03:48PM
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@ Librarian Mike:

Renney said he was "excited to meet Mr. Daryl Katz" and that was about it. Hilarious

@ Greg MC:

If by Star Trek convention you mean an AWESOME convention of, er ah ... screw it.

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#89 Librarian Mike
May 26 2009, 03:49PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

*baggedmilk likes the Quinn move*

That's what she said.

DonDon wrote:

This NHL franchise is a long way from being a legitimate contender.

I agree that if we get into the playoffs next year, that's a good first step. However, the nice thing with the salary cap is that a team can go from being crap to great very quickly.

This team was loooong overdue for a change, so I think it will benefit them in the long run. The ideal situation is that players may actually want to play here. A boy can dream...

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#90 West Coast Oil
May 26 2009, 03:52PM
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DonDon wrote:

West Coast Oil wrote: If I am not mistaken the old coach in Calgary didn’t believe in line matching and that seemed to work out okay for them… As a matter of fact, it didn’t. And where is that old coach today?

I'm not sure how you can say that considering they led the division most of the year and whether I like the Flames or not (which I don't! Just to clarify) its pretty hard to not see that the shear number of injuries they had at the end of the year played havoc on them. Add to that the fact that their GM can't manage under a cap era and I think you will find most of the reason for the collapse this year. Even with the injuries Keenan managed to make the Flames competitive against the Black Hawks compare that to what a healthy Vancouver team did and I don't see how you can say Keenan was the problem.

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#91 Greg MC
May 26 2009, 03:54PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

I read a rumour that I made up that Quinn was once tag teamed by Estelle Getty and Betty White. You have to admire that.

Mmm, Betty White...

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#92 Duke
May 26 2009, 04:08PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

I love how Quinn is already calling out the veterans as “maybe being the type to put their feet up on the desk every now and again”

Penner has a desk?

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#93 Hoodlum
May 26 2009, 04:10PM
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What's up nation...ALL HAIL THE NEW REGIME. Now we need a couple solid draft day trades and we are looking GOOD. I do remember having senses of post season optimism in the past, but this time there is REAL optimsm.

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#94 roughneck
May 26 2009, 04:14PM
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so who fixes the pK, makes the PP a formidable force, and overcomes the general heartlessness, or have we not hired it/him/her yet.

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#95 Librarian Mike
May 26 2009, 04:32PM
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Hoodlum wrote:

What’s up nation…ALL HAIL THE NEW REGIME. Now we need a couple solid draft day trades and we are looking GOOD. I do remember having senses of post season optimism in the past, but this time there is REAL optimsm.

Let's just hope Mrs. Quinn likes it here.

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#96 Cam
May 26 2009, 04:33PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

I read a rumour that I made up that Quinn was once tag teamed by Estelle Getty and Betty White. You have to admire that. *baggedmilk likes the Quinn move*

Katherine Hepburn is actually his daughter.

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#97 Wanye Gretz
May 26 2009, 04:37PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Let’s just hope Mrs. Quinn likes it here.

Well played.

*Claps once, so loudly that four more associate coaches are named*

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#98 mazola
May 26 2009, 04:38PM
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roughneck wrote:

so who fixes the pK, makes the PP a formidable force, and overcomes the general heartlessness, or have we not hired it/him/her yet.

For reals?

He's been coach for, what, 2 hours now?

You do know it's too late for the Oilers to make the playoffs this year, yes?

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#99 Librarian Mike
May 26 2009, 04:49PM
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I was just over at Flamesnation to see what's up, and apparently Daryl Sutter gave a press conference wherein he got pissy with reporters who dared to ask what's going on with the team.

I'm glad the Flames and Avs will be busy fighting over who gets to be the Northwest 'hot mess' next year instead of us.

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#100 Rusty Shackleford
May 26 2009, 04:51PM
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SHOOOOOOT! (I guess I'll need to go to Edmonton Capitals games and yell that until hockey season)

I can't wait to see Tambo's next move.

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