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Update: Oilers stop procrastinating, part ways with Renney

May 17, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

Literally seconds after I profiled Jim Matheson’s “What are the Oilers doing with Tom Renney?” piece in the Edmonton Journal, the club announced Renney was out as head coach:


Renney will finishing his two-year tenure as head coach with a 57-85-22 record and back-to-back last place finishes in the Northwest Division (the team finished 29th overall in 2011-12, 30th in 2010-11.)

No word yet on the status of associate coach Ralph Kruger or assistants Steve Smith, Kelly Buchberger and Fred Chabot.

As for potential Renney replacements? Don’t be surprised to hear former Calgary Flames bench boss Brent Sutter’s name in the mix. Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun floated the idea in mid-April:

One day after “mutually” deciding to end his three years with the Flames, Brent Sutter will, in fact, be behind a bench this spring as head coach of the Canadian entry in next month’s world championships.

While it is no doubt a great opportunity to bolster his stellar international coaching resume, it also may also act as an audition of sorts. After all, Team Canada’s GM is Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Ops Kevin Lowe, and the Oilers will very likely be in need of a new head coach soon.

Also worth noting that Team Canada was loaded with Oilers — Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Devan Dubnyk (Sutter coached the Nuge in Red Deer two seasons ago, too.)

  1. bagjr387 - May 17, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    seems like PHT predicted this..anyhow i am jealous at how many good young players EDM has plus the 1st overall pick….should be a great team to come for many years

  2. stakex - May 17, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    While the Oilers have some very good young players, I don’t think anyone was going to coach this team to a winning record over the last couple years. They just have far too many holes still. I guess when you finish last two years in a row however, changing coaches sure can’t hurt.

  3. ravenscaps48 - May 17, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    This guy might be Washington’s New Coach

  4. villi5ed - May 17, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Renney is a nice man, but he wants to be loved and admired more than he wants to win. If
    you’re looking to restore a franchise’s reputation with a guy who’s well-spoken and glib and
    affable, he’s your man. If you want to win, look elsewhere.

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