UPDATED: Start salivating, Nation

bingofuel
May 26 2009 10:37AM

UPDATED 10:45 MDT

Just received the following dispatch from Gregor:

"My gut says it will be Pat Quinn as head coach with Tom Renney as associate coach. I can’t get any confirmation on that, but that’s my guess. Either way, this is Tambellini’s biggest decision so I won’t be surprised if he goes with guys he knows and trusts. He can’t afford a George Burnett type of situation. The new coach has to be a hard-ass that the veterans will pay attention to. That is Quinn. The associate needs to be a technical guy. That is Renney. I don’t know who will be the assistant, but I hear that Buchburger will be in the organization in some capacity, but not as coach. I will have more after the presser…or tune in to TEAM 1260 for all the reaction.


According to our very own patented (uh, sort of?) Oilers New Aggregator 2.0®, the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club has called a news conference today at noon mountain time. Could this herald the arrival of our long-awaited head coach? Will Steve Tambellini tell us what he brought to work for lunch today?

WILL THERE BE PUDDING?

In my mind, this can mean two things: we're going to either hear who the new head coach is, or it's going to be some BS about another largely irrelevant (to fans, anyway) front-office appointment. Let's hope it's the former.

DISCUSS.

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#51 jeanshorts
May 26 2009, 11:41AM
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@ Ogden Brother:

Still butthurt about MacT getting the axe are we?

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#52 RossCreek
May 26 2009, 11:43AM
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The Flames announced last week that they'd have a presser today at one. The oil out of the blue announce their hiring today at noon. Coincidence?

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#53 Big Daddy
May 26 2009, 11:45AM
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Lofty wrote:

The Pestival wrote: as the song goes….”and I jizzed in my pants!” Best coaching tandem in the league…? most encouraging day to be an oiler fan since October 18th when the oil started the season 4-0. Now we just need the team to perform… Love the 2 for 1. What are the odds that Renney will be the next coach after Quinn.

Exactly! Renney steps up in a couple of years.....very good move....I am still convinced that Mr.Tambellini is going to make this a winning team again. Just let him do what he does well...

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#54 Lofty
May 26 2009, 11:47AM
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The Menace wrote:

great, Quinn knows so much about 90’s style hockey… let’s face it, until the Oilers make some major moves he’s not going to be able to do much better with this team than Mac T - prepare for another mediocre season before an exciting joust for 8th place

Yeah cause Quinn did such a shitty job with the juniors.

Renney has the systems and the brains and Quinn has got the balls to slap any slackers. Who would you have rathered to have?

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#55 RossCreek
May 26 2009, 11:50AM
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Just my opinion but do you really think Renney will still be here when Quinn is done? Wouldn't it be reasonable to expect he might land a job before then. Depends on any "arrangements" made in this deal I guess. I'd assume they're paying him head coach money, so maybe he does stay long term.

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#56 I'm a Scientist!
May 26 2009, 11:53AM
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Wait...wait...wait... What is this talk about pudding? IS there going to be pudding? What kind? I like most puddings...even that skin that forms of them is delicious. Oh please let there be pudding...

oh the Oilers hired a new coach. Interesting. Not as interesting as pudding though. Is it a solid or liquid? What is pudding really? Just thick milk?

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#57 Ogden Brother
May 26 2009, 12:02PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

@ Ogden Brother: Still butthurt about MacT getting the axe are we?

Just a fan of logic and reason.

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#58 The Menace
May 26 2009, 12:13PM
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@ Lofty: FYI, I didn't really say that - that was part of a quote in my reply. I was actually making fun of the guy that said that. ;)

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#59 The Menace
May 26 2009, 12:17PM
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@ Lofty: I think the gentleman you meant to quote may have been "mark".

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#60 Mikey
May 26 2009, 12:18PM
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@ Ogden Brother: So what coach would be good enough for you?

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#61 The Menace
May 26 2009, 12:20PM
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Mark wrote:

great, Quinn knows so much about 90’s style hockey… let’s face it, until the Oilers make some major moves he’s not going to be able to do much better with this team than Mac T - prepare for another mediocre season before an exciting joust for 8th place.

Hey Mark - where's all the 'good vibrations' man? Come on, come on!

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#62 Ogden Brother
May 26 2009, 12:39PM
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Mikey wrote:

@ Ogden Brother: So what coach would be good enough for you?

Did I say he wasn't good enough?

I said that his success in one world jr tourney doesn't mean "he's good with young players". If he would have won gold with Latvia, then you can start to build a case. Winning a tournament you are supposed to win... on your home soil, doesn't prove alot.

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#63 Jack Bauer
May 26 2009, 12:56PM
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Well the people of Rexall Place are safe for another coaching tenure. I would have done terrible things if Marc Crawford, the human piece of scum, was to become our head coach. But alas there is no need.

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#64 Wanye Gretz
May 26 2009, 01:24PM
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Greg MC wrote:

Would be shocked if Jagr isn’t an Oiler this season.

Interesting point you have there.

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#65 swany
May 26 2009, 02:07PM
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I think you can assume the PK will be much better under this duo, also as the post above you can bet this will attract a few UFA's that want to play for either Quinn or Renney. If Renney tells Tambi he thinks Jagr can still play at a high level the Oil will do alot to get him out of that contract in Russia. Why is it that we need to get a player out of a contract over there but they can just sign any NHL player while there contract is still in effect?

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#66 Mikey
May 26 2009, 03:12PM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

Did I say he wasn’t good enough?

Not those words exactly. Just seems like nothing ever pleases you unless someone agrees with you and says Horc isn't overpaid because he isn't a 7 million dollar player.

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#67 Mikey
May 26 2009, 03:13PM
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....if I'm wrong I apologize in advance.

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#68 Ogden Brother
May 26 2009, 03:46PM
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Mikey wrote:

Ogden Brother wrote: Did I say he wasn’t good enough? Not those words exactly. Just seems like nothing ever pleases you unless someone agrees with you and says Horc isn’t overpaid because he isn’t a 7 million dollar player.

Actually it wasn't those words at all, their was no secret message. I said people blow his world jr experience and it's correlation to "working with young players" way out of proportion.

I'm cautiously optimistic, I'm sure he's a fine coach and the simply fact that we've made a change should add 2-4 wins to last years record. That said, unless:

1. Major wholes are filled personel wise

Or

2. Gagner plays 65 games rather then 25 and Cogs plays 80 like he played the first 55... the team will still be on the bubble.

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#69 DonDon
May 26 2009, 04:32PM
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@ RossCreek: Don't think so. Darryl Sutter advised the media today that he is probably the best choice to coach the Flames next season. This is due to either his big ego or the owners may have come to this conclusion due to Sutter's firing of Keenan (one year left on his big contract). Money talks and, besides, Sutter may have difficulty in getting a good replacement as Sutter uses his coaches as scapegoats for all his mistakes as GM. Not happy days here in Calgary!

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#70 RossCreek
May 26 2009, 05:51PM
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@ DonDon He said he's recieved several calls over the weekend from out of work coaches. He also said to suggest that it will be him because of money issues is ridiculous. What sense does it make to spend 50+ mil on a roster but cheap out on a coach because of 1 mil. If the owners are willing to spend the necessary dollars on the players to win, why wouldn't they be willing to spend the necessary dollars for the right coach? I'm not sure who I think it SHOULD be at the moment. Will be interesting to see what happens.

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#71 RossCreek
May 26 2009, 05:55PM
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@ DonDon Also, the Flames powerplay sucked down the stretch yet Keenan hardly ever practiced the PP. The Flames need a COACH, not a motivator. Keenan isn't an X's and O's kind of guy, and that is what Calgary needs. Wouldn't have minded seeing Tom Renney get a look.

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#72 Pat Quinn McRenney
May 26 2009, 09:31PM
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I approve of this hiring.

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