May 22, 2012, 5:55 PM EST
Edmonton Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe attempted some damage control today in the wake of the organization’s decision to part ways with head coach Tom Renney more than a month after the end of the regular season.
“There’s been some criticism at the timing of us making the decision and releasing Tom. If anything, it emphasized the fact that we were uncertain,” said Lowe, as per TSN.ca. “And that’s more a case in point of Tom’s ability and our genuineness about potentially having him back. But at the end of the day we made a decision to move on.
“From Tom’s perspective, there’s still lots of time if he wants to pursue coaching again this season. In the event that there are openings this season, he’ll have plenty of time.”
Even so, a month is a long time to leave a guy with no contract twisting in the wind. In contrast, it only took the Calgary Flames and Brent Sutter a few days to officially break up once the season had concluded.
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- Penguins announce Brooks Orpik ‘alert and conscious’ (Updated) 47
- Shawn Thornton: ‘People could probably criticize that I’m a little too honorable’ 78
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- Report: Dion Phaneuf will face hearing for hit on Kevan Miller (97)