UPDATE: Tom Renny new Oilers head coach

Jason Gregor
June 22 2010 11:43AM

VANCOUVER, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 19: Head coach Pat Quinn of the Edmonton Oilers stands on the bench as his players Jordan Eberle #14 and Dustin Penner #27 of the Oilers walk to the dressing room after playing against the Vancouver Canucks in a NHL preseason game on September 19, 2009 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The Oilers have announced Tom Renney is the new team head coach. Pat Quinn has been named Senior Advisor of Hockey. More to follow...

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Oilers have released their regular season schedule and it’s a much better schedule than last year.

For those who like a Saturday night out, the Oilers have eight Saturday home games, twice as many as last year, and if you want to start your weekend at Rexall they have five Friday night affairs.

The Oilers play five games on Sunday, three on Wednesday, and ten on both Tuesday and Thursday. They have a six-game homestand from Dec 4th to 16th, and again from February 12th to 19th. They also have a five game holiday homestand from Dec 28th to January 6th. They won’t play in Calgary on New Years Eve; instead they will host the Flames New Years Day (Saturday) at eight. Good news for you Oiler fans who will be ripping it up on New Years, because the late start will give you ample time to wake up shower and make it to the couch to watch another Battle of Alberta.

The Oilers will open the season at home against Jarome Iginla and the Flames on Thursday October 7th. The Oilers will have three five-game road trips: Nov 7th to 14th, Jan 7th to Jan 16th and March 5th to 13th. The marquee trip will be the five gamer in March, when the Oilers face Philly, Washington, Detroit and Pittsburgh after starting the trip in Colorado.

Once again Oiler fans won’t get to see Sidney Crosby and the Penguins or Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in Edmonton. Florida, Tampa, Toronto, Buffalo, Islanders, Ottawa, Montreal, Atlanta and Boston are the Eastern teams fans will see at Rexall.

Rod Phillips’ ten special games will include three home games and seven road games and those exact will be announced soon, but they Islanders, Montreal and Boston home games are givens. The Kings, Starts, Flames, Avs and Flyers will be road games so that leaves two other road affairs.

Oilers Press Conference

The Oilers have called at 12pm press conference. Follow me on Twitter for live updates. We'll have information for you in this space once the conference is going.

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#51 Deep Oil
June 22 2010, 01:29PM
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SirFozz wrote:

You need them to literally say exactly what we can all see happened? Quinn was moved along b/c it obviously was not working. Do you actually expect Quinn to be part of this conference?

Of course the Oilers will place some rose-coloured spin on it. What do you want them to say? "Quinn is old and no longer in touch. Boy did we screw up up bad there. Yikes. By the way here's our new guy."

Ronaldo - three cheers, you are to the point and the backpeddling by the oilers today and the acceptance of the sit and beg media today was a joke.

I was hoping that Renney would of been brutally honest when asked about this years rebuilding, instead of "falling down and picking themselves up", how about finishing last again and having a lottery pick two years in a row, benefitting the team long term.

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#52 S_Dub
June 22 2010, 01:29PM
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smiliegirl15 wrote:

Tambellini had better be paying attention to what Quinn is going to tell him as a senior advisor. If anyone needs to be told what to do, when to do it and how, it's Tambellini. Mr. Dithers is going to procrastinate himself out of a job. What a disappointment he's been.

From the looks of it this off season, Tambellini has been pretty damn busy. Maybe not in the player department, but certainly in the personnel department...

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#53 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
June 22 2010, 01:30PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

If Stauffer is interviewing Renney on his new coaching role, should't the same be given to Quinn on his new role of Senior Advisor.

Maybe the Oil have shut down his cell phone as part of the retirement package, pay phones only, then again Telus does sponsor the Oilers.

Seems to be a lopsided day in the media world, or an information control one at that, as per your comments that Quinn was omitted in the Tyler Taylor show and shine, pony show the last two weeks.

Who cares.

They can say or do whatever they want.

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#54 yegCopywriter
June 22 2010, 01:32PM
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cambosmash wrote:

"We've got Magnus coming in as well as the first pick this year... (awkward pause), and Eberle has potential..."

Is Tambo trading Eberle?

And this is how Hockeybuzz rumours are born.

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#55 common sense
June 22 2010, 01:33PM
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Sounds like Tambo is playing cronyism. He's got all his buddies now in key roles.

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#56 Deep Oil
June 22 2010, 01:34PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

Maybe he was busy have lunch with someone, who knows.

So what you are saying that he had no clue about this change, and had other plans, such as lunch with Scotty Bowman and Cliff Fletcher.

When you run a first class organization, you have your ducks in a row. A second pressor with Quinn later is bush league if they Oiler brass wish to praise the qualities of Quinn as SR ADVISOR, otherwise he is a castoff, just like survivor.

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#57 treblecharger
June 22 2010, 01:41PM
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Tambellini really %^$#@!* blew it not getting the 15th pick from Boston for not taking Hall....really blew it.I had good feelings about this summer, but they are draining fast. He is seemingly just sitting around, taking this long to do the obvious (this was telegraphed a long time ago by what the team let slip into the media via Matheson and Stauffer), and put Renney in charge.

Another excruciating summer of nothing is not what this team needs. Jeebus.

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@Deep Oil

Pretty much a castoff, but the signs have been there.

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#59 cambosmash
June 22 2010, 01:44PM
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@yegCopywriter

Do you think Eklund would quote me? My name could be on the interweb on everyone's compuboxes!!!

"Respected and distinguished commenter cambosmash from Oilers Nation has stated Jordan Eberle, the 22nd overall pick in the 2008 draft, will be traded to Philadelphia with a bunch of other useless players for whichever overpriced center they want to get rid of"

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#60 Heavyd
June 22 2010, 01:45PM
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@Deep Oil

You don't know anything thats going on do you? If you listened to the press conference, Tambo said he had a long talk with Quinn about this happening. Also Quinn is busy todat, cause he is on Toronto for the Hall of Fame induction that happens today. And why do we need a press conference toannounce a Senoir Advisor role? The Oilers are jerks for not having a news conference for when the announced the new scouts.

And this is how the Pat Quinns news conference going to go. ``I am pleased to take this role in the Orgranization, and I know that Renney is the right guy to be the new head coach of the Oilers. Thanks for coming to my press conference.``

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#61 yegCopywriter
June 22 2010, 01:48PM
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@cambosmash

No, the way Eklund rolls is that he would cite you as an unnamed source from Edmonton and give it an e2.

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@Heavyd

I ask once again why wasn't your soon to be Senoir Advisor around when you were doing interviews of top prospects?

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#63 DJ Dynasty Handbag
June 22 2010, 01:49PM
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slightly off topic, but the habs have apparently re-signed plekanec to a 6yr/$30mil. contract extension....pretty big bucks for a guy with only one 70+ point season.

wait a minute, i think we have a contract like that on our team too lol

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@DJ Dynasty Handbag

Just because Montreal didn't learn from our mistake doesn't make their decision to follow us the right one.

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#65 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
June 22 2010, 01:55PM
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Tambellini really %^$#@!* blew it not getting the 15th pick from Boston for not taking Hall....really blew it.I had good feelings about this summer, but they are draining fast. He is seemingly just sitting around, taking this long to do the obvious (this was telegraphed a long time ago by what the team let slip into the media via Matheson and Stauffer), and put Renney in charge.

Another excruciating summer of nothing is not what this team needs. Jeebus.

You honestly think that Boston would take the difference between Hall/Seguin over Horton + dumping some salary for the 15th pick?

If anyone blew it, it's Oilers fans for thinking we could actually get the 15th for skipping Hall.

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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

And yet so many will continue to think so. Now it's going to be that Boston traded for Horton so that they could move him for 1st overall.

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#67 Deep Oil
June 22 2010, 02:01PM
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Heavyd wrote:

You don't know anything thats going on do you? If you listened to the press conference, Tambo said he had a long talk with Quinn about this happening. Also Quinn is busy todat, cause he is on Toronto for the Hall of Fame induction that happens today. And why do we need a press conference toannounce a Senoir Advisor role? The Oilers are jerks for not having a news conference for when the announced the new scouts.

And this is how the Pat Quinns news conference going to go. ``I am pleased to take this role in the Orgranization, and I know that Renney is the right guy to be the new head coach of the Oilers. Thanks for coming to my press conference.``

So just to get this clear,

Oilers are jerks (according to Heavyd), announcing their new coach on the same day their predecessor is tied up in Toronto as Board of Director HHOF.

I guess the Tambo is using this the Hall to shield Quinn from his hiring mistake, (not the first one right .....Khabi (hiccup)....)

Otherwise this announcement could of been made yesterday or tommorrow, what a cowardly organization or an insensitive one.

Idiots.

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#68 BUCK75
June 22 2010, 02:02PM
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@Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

~You think so?!?!?

Horton would be a great addition to our line-up.

Time to start making up some rumors to trade with CLB. Too bad we didn't have a proven #1 center. Maybe Hemsky could go there?

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#69 Heavyd
June 22 2010, 02:02PM
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@Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

How do you know that he wasn`t around?

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#70 Heavyd
June 22 2010, 02:04PM
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@Deep Oil

I never said that they were jerks. You were saying that they should have had a press conference for Quinn and I said that he couldn't be at the press conference cause he was busy in Toronto today.

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#71 Heavyd
June 22 2010, 02:06PM
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@Deep Oil

And I agree with you, that Quinn was a bad hire.

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@Heavyd

I've read and heard that he wasn't around. Now if Gregor can correct me and say I'm wrong I'll retract that statement.

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#73 JackBauer
June 22 2010, 02:09PM
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Craig Simpson is on Hockey Night in Canada radio on Sirius right now. SHould be good for Oilers talk.

He and Elliott Friedman both said they cant imagine Pat would have volunteered for this move. They seem to think Tambellini pushed him aside.

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2:30 quinn is on ched.

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#75 Ender
June 22 2010, 02:11PM
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I just finished taking a moment to review Robin's article from May on the subject. A couple of quotes stand out:

Jim Matheson of The Journal wrote:

"Unless Edmonton Oilers coach Pat Quinn tells GM Steve Tambellini that he doesn't want to return as Oilers coach in a couple of weeks when they sit down to discuss the past season, Quinn has certainly got the job for Year 2 of his three-year deal. "Pat's our coach. Yes, I want Pat back. I just wanted to give Pat some time to think where he's at and what lays ahead for us to get better, then go talk to him. To talk to coaches two days after the season, that's not the time," said Tambellini."

Robin supplied his own thoughts:

Robin Brownlee wrote:

So, yes, Tambellini wants Quinn back. Hmm. That answer leads me to believe there's three possible scenarios. First, Tambellini wasn't telling Matheson the truth. He's aware of the concerns regarding Quinn's handling of the team but he isn't about to embarrass his old friend. Tambellini is putting his best foot forward while looking for a way to extract Quinn from behind the bench gracefully. Second, Tambellini has been made aware of the concerns but hasn't been swayed by them enough to consider making a change behind the bench. With the team in transition, those players not happy with Quinn might be a minority that can be moved in the normal course of rebuilding the roster leading into training camp next season. Third, Tambellini has no idea of the concerns related to me. He hasn't heard them from any of the players. He hasn't seen them with his own eyes. There is no issue and Quinn is the guy Tambellini wants running the bench for the coming season.

When I first read the article and the way Matheson portrayed things, I was really of the mind that Quinn was doing some serious soul-searching and might decide to just call it a career instead of going through another year of frustration. After all, is Quinn really in it for the money at this point?

After today though, seeing Quinn coming back in what is obviously a made-up position (why not just give him KP's job if you thought he was at all valuable in that capacity?), I have to think that Robin actually got it right with the first scenario of his three. Tambo lied to Matheson. He did it with the right intentions, but it was a lie nonetheless. I don't think Quinn had a shot behind the bench since the second he walked out of Rexall after the last game. And after reading everything that might have been going on behind the scenes, it's also possible that Tambo is finally doing something right, and on schedule too. Here's hoping it's the start of a trend.

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#76 Dyckster
June 22 2010, 02:15PM
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It's Hall Over!! wrote:

So why aren't people complaing about the timing of this coaching change? Just like they were for the Daum fiasco. I hope we don't see 17 articles and 455 pages of why Quinn is a "good" guy and deserves better.

The difference here is Quinn will still be on the payroll. Daum is now on the outside looking in sans paycheck. So ya, MAYBE Quinn got screwed over, but he can still pay the bills. Daum, not so much.

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I thought I heard Quinn only has one year left?

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#78 Deep Oil
June 22 2010, 02:20PM
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JackBauer wrote:

Craig Simpson is on Hockey Night in Canada radio on Sirius right now. SHould be good for Oilers talk.

He and Elliott Friedman both said they cant imagine Pat would have volunteered for this move. They seem to think Tambellini pushed him aside.

So on free thinking radio away from the clutches of Allan Watt, he was pushed, and on Oilers Lunch he stepped down.

Enough said.

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#79 David S
June 22 2010, 02:21PM
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Ender wrote:

I just finished taking a moment to review Robin's article from May on the subject. A couple of quotes stand out:

Jim Matheson of The Journal wrote:

"Unless Edmonton Oilers coach Pat Quinn tells GM Steve Tambellini that he doesn't want to return as Oilers coach in a couple of weeks when they sit down to discuss the past season, Quinn has certainly got the job for Year 2 of his three-year deal. "Pat's our coach. Yes, I want Pat back. I just wanted to give Pat some time to think where he's at and what lays ahead for us to get better, then go talk to him. To talk to coaches two days after the season, that's not the time," said Tambellini."

Robin supplied his own thoughts:

Robin Brownlee wrote:

So, yes, Tambellini wants Quinn back. Hmm. That answer leads me to believe there's three possible scenarios. First, Tambellini wasn't telling Matheson the truth. He's aware of the concerns regarding Quinn's handling of the team but he isn't about to embarrass his old friend. Tambellini is putting his best foot forward while looking for a way to extract Quinn from behind the bench gracefully. Second, Tambellini has been made aware of the concerns but hasn't been swayed by them enough to consider making a change behind the bench. With the team in transition, those players not happy with Quinn might be a minority that can be moved in the normal course of rebuilding the roster leading into training camp next season. Third, Tambellini has no idea of the concerns related to me. He hasn't heard them from any of the players. He hasn't seen them with his own eyes. There is no issue and Quinn is the guy Tambellini wants running the bench for the coming season.

When I first read the article and the way Matheson portrayed things, I was really of the mind that Quinn was doing some serious soul-searching and might decide to just call it a career instead of going through another year of frustration. After all, is Quinn really in it for the money at this point?

After today though, seeing Quinn coming back in what is obviously a made-up position (why not just give him KP's job if you thought he was at all valuable in that capacity?), I have to think that Robin actually got it right with the first scenario of his three. Tambo lied to Matheson. He did it with the right intentions, but it was a lie nonetheless. I don't think Quinn had a shot behind the bench since the second he walked out of Rexall after the last game. And after reading everything that might have been going on behind the scenes, it's also possible that Tambo is finally doing something right, and on schedule too. Here's hoping it's the start of a trend.

Nice job Ender.

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Dyckster wrote:

The difference here is Quinn will still be on the payroll. Daum is now on the outside looking in sans paycheck. So ya, MAYBE Quinn got screwed over, but he can still pay the bills. Daum, not so much.

Daum is 53 years old he must have some sort of nest egg to take care of himself while he looks for a new job. Even Quinn, he probably didn't even need the money when he came here.

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#81 Heavyd
June 22 2010, 02:23PM
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@Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

And Tambo also said that he just talked with him last week about this. So how was Quinn going to be involded in the interviews that you are talking about?

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So any idea when our RFA's get their qualifying offers?

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#83 VMR
June 22 2010, 02:25PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

You honestly think that Boston would take the difference between Hall/Seguin over Horton + dumping some salary for the 15th pick?

If anyone blew it, it's Oilers fans for thinking we could actually get the 15th for skipping Hall.

It may have been possible but give Chiarelli credit he went out and found a better deal. Horton might just explode this season with the good centers Boston has and get 70+ points.

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#84 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
June 22 2010, 02:26PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

So on free thinking radio away from the clutches of Allan Watt, he was pushed, and on Oilers Lunch he stepped down.

Enough said.

Don't forget to mention that the free radio guys are guessing.

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Heavyd wrote:

And Tambo also said that he just talked with him last week about this. So how was Quinn going to be involded in the interviews that you are talking about?

You really think Tambo just thought of this position last week? He said he has been thinking about it for some time. Regardless if the plan is to keep Quinn as the coach or the potential of a new role, why wouldn't you include him?

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@VMR

Wideman is no slouch either, Florida did quite well on this deal too. Wideman is a typical player that Tallon would target. Seems like this one could work out for both ends.

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LOL, Niedemayer stays on as a consultant has no idea what the job really is.

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#88 common sense
June 22 2010, 02:30PM
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Tambo is not inspiring a lot of confidence. It's becoming apparent why the Nucks let him go. Why do we have losers like Sillinger and Renney. Losers beget losers.

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#89 Adam D
June 22 2010, 02:34PM
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I for one welcome our new Renney overlords.

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#90 Senator Theo
June 22 2010, 02:39PM
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Adam D wrote:

I for one welcome our new Renney overlords.

props to you sir.

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@common sense

How is Sillinger and Renney losers?

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#92 JackBauer
June 22 2010, 02:49PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

So on free thinking radio away from the clutches of Allan Watt, he was pushed, and on Oilers Lunch he stepped down.

Enough said.

What they both said was purely opinion, based on conversations theyve had with people.

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#93 JackBauer
June 22 2010, 03:04PM
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They just quoted Quinn on a conference call from the Hockey Hall Of Fame, and Pat said he doesnt see this as a promotion, and said he wanted to coach.

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#94 BUCK75
June 22 2010, 03:15PM
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@Ender

I agree with Dave S - you nailed it.

Hopefully you get that new writing gig!

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#95 Rusty Duggan
June 22 2010, 03:19PM
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treblecharger wrote:

Tambellini really %^$#@!* blew it not getting the 15th pick from Boston for not taking Hall....really blew it.I had good feelings about this summer, but they are draining fast. He is seemingly just sitting around, taking this long to do the obvious (this was telegraphed a long time ago by what the team let slip into the media via Matheson and Stauffer), and put Renney in charge.

Another excruciating summer of nothing is not what this team needs. Jeebus.

Get a hold of yourself man

HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL HALL!!!

ALL DAY, EVERYDAY!

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#96 Deep Oil
June 22 2010, 03:51PM
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BUCK75 wrote:

I agree with Dave S - you nailed it.

Hopefully you get that new writing gig!

At a dollar a word, he has overpriced his opinion, not a chance in hell.

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#97 Ender
June 22 2010, 04:02PM
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@ Buck75

Thanks for the props. I actually considered (briefly) trying for the gig. Then I thought about how much work it was going to be on top of my dayjob and then I really started to have an even greater appreciation for Willis than I already had.

I think working for Wanye would be the most fun a guy could ever have. Aside from having to jack empties from the hobos weaker than me to subsidize the income, of course.

I could always move my family into Wanye's place, I suppose . . .

@ Deep Oil

I see you're still doing your best to get paid for NOT offering your opinion. The value on that is going up by the second . . .

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#98 smiliegirl15
June 22 2010, 05:02PM
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@ S_Dub

But has he done anything of value? How long did it take him to relieve Daum of his responsibilities? He's definitely a procrastinator. How long last season did he "assess" this team?

I think part of "promoting" Quinn is that Tambellini didn't like what Quinn had to tell him about the (dis)abilities of this team. He didn't like what Quinn was probably telling him he needed to make this team work. No one wants to hear they are incompetent and digging themselves a deeper hole. He has too much respect to fire Quinn? Maybe - so why not push him into a psuedo-role with the team and maybe he'll self-discriminate.

If that's the case, Tambellini needs to take his own advice.

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#99 JackBauer
June 22 2010, 05:05PM
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@Deep Oil

Im glad to see that your writing consists of less drivel, and more puncuation. Been taking classes?

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