Oilers name Quinn, Renney as Coaches

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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.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Librarian Mike wrote:

    baggedmilk wrote:
    Almost as good as the sites I go to daily for self abuse sessions.

    Sinner.

    He has sinned and it just missed my eye.

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    mad props to Brownlee on calling this scenario (or having some little inkling of it).

    awesome, strong core of coaching.
    now they need to work on getting a player or two for a true core

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Another positive read from this is that as much as Quinn still wants to coach, I don't he'd go to a team that he felt wouldn't get him a chance to win the cup within a fairly short period of time.

    It'll also be interesting to see what effect + or – it may have in attracting UFAs. For all those that continually gripe about Lowe overpaying UFAs (eg. Horc), the unfortunate truth of the matter is you have to pay a UFA more to entice him to sign in Edm. If you've already earned 15 million how much more would you want to get paid to live in Edm. in the winter vs. LA, Dallas, Miami, or the Northeast where there's no travel…

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    Travis Dakin wrote:

    baggedmilk wrote:
    Once again the Nation reigns as the best Oilers website on the Internet.
    Almost as good as the sites I go to daily for self abuse sessions.
    If we are doing it at the same time at the same place is that wrong?

    I see nothing wrong with sharp shooting contests. A little competition is good for everyone.

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    So I figure this is the first step to Quinn moving up into a management position down the road. If the Oilers are looking to copy the Red Wings they need to bring in some of the best minds in hockey at the management level and I would say that these two qualify.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    baggedmilk wrote:

    Once again the Nation reigns as the best Oilers website on the Internet.
    Almost as good as the sites I go to daily for self abuse sessions.

    If we are doing it at the same time at the same place is that wrong?

  • I'm a Scientist!

    That would be a coaching power house…too bad none them can actually, you know, play goal or score. Still, very positive.

    Please, please let Marc Crawford get any NHL job (Calgary) just so I don't have to hear his insipid squeaky voice every Saturday. And while I'm wishing, please let somebody kick him in the nuts repeatedly, just for good measure.

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    Thank God no Crawford.

    I'm likin' the choices, with Renney as Associate Head Coach?! Hope they don't clash too often, but I'm sure they'll get along just fine.

    That's a statement by Tambo and the Oilers, some positivity for the upcoming season!

    Also heard that Kevin Dineen is going to be hired in some capacity as well.