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Lowe: It took a month to let Renney go because Renney made it such a tough decision

May 22, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

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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 “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.

  1. thomaspratt - May 22, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Any Oilers’ fans know why Lowe was promoted, rather than fired, for the poor job he did as GM? From the outside, it really seems like not making Lowe pay for his record has made for a troubling lack of accountability in the organization. If Lowe was promoted for doing a poor job, what is the incentive for doing a good one?

    • hiltonandastoria - May 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      Not an Oiler fan but Im going to guess 5 Stanley Cup rings, and helping Canada assemble an Olympic gold medal team at Salt Lake.

      He’s basically Mr.Oiler, a connection to the past for the City of Champions

  2. Brian - May 22, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Lowe can make all the excuses he wants. If management watches a guy coach all season long, then needs an extra month to decide whether or not they want him back something is wrong with their decision making process. For Lowe to then come out and say it took so long to decide because they were thaaat close to bringing him back is a poor attempt at damage control.

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