The Oilers have made it official, Tom Renney will not be returning next season. They announced it on their twitter feed earlier this hour.
"Edmonton Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini announces the club will not renew the contract of Head Coach Tom Renney."
With every passing day it became more clear that Renney wasn’t returning. I find it interesting that they made the announcement hours after Team Canada was eliminated from the World Championships.
Do you agree with this move, who would you replace him with?
Whoever takes over this team, he will be taking over a much better team than Renney had in 2010, and if the Oilers have more success, which I expect them to, I’m not going to give the coach all the credit.
I think Renney did a great job of developing the young kids, and the only critique I’ve heard from players, who’ve played for him in other cities, is that for some reason he doesn’t have that "wow" factor that players will go through the wall for him.
I’m not sure the Oilers have enough players right now who would run through any wall, regardless of the coach, so until they add a few more pieces I’m not expecting the new coach to bring instant success.
We will have more on this later.