Now that Canada is out at the World Championships with a loss to the, ahem, powerhouse Slovakians, might we be hearing in the next few days that Tom Renney is out as coach of the Edmonton Oilers?
While there’s still no indication of a pending announcement from the Oilers media relations staff, the timing is right for GM Steve Tambellini, who was at the World Championship, to fit a news conference announcing Renney is out clarifying the coaching situation into his busy agenda before he jets off for the NHL combine in Toronto May 28.
Renney has been left to twist long enough. The question now, as Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun tweeted this morning, does Canada’s elimination at the WC make selling coach Brent Sutter as Renney’s replacement a more difficult pitch than it should have been to already disgruntled Oilers fans?
According to the Oilers Twitter feed, Renney will not be back as coach. More to come . . .
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