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Detroit names ex-Oilers bench boss Renney associate coach

Jul 5, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT


After being let go by the Edmonton Oilers less than two months ago, Tom Renney’s back behind an NHL bench.

The Detroit Red Wings announced Thursday they’ve hired Renney as their associate coach. It’s presumed he’ll take the place of Mike Babcock’s former assistant Jeff Blashill, who recently took the head coaching gig in AHL Grand Rapids.

The Detroit Free Press reports Renney signed a three-year deal with the Wings.

Renney, 57, is regarded as a good teacher of the game and well-liked in hockey circles, especially among media members (his hire got glowing reviews from Darren Dreger, Brad May and Mark Spector.)

Many hockey folk are pleased Renney found work after what transpired with the Oilers.

The club waited 40 days after the regular season to tell Renney of his fate, a move longtime Edmonton Journal scribe Jim Matheson called “disrespectful.”

Renney has a 260-255-9-68 career record as a head coach, making the playoffs three times.

  1. redwingsfan999 - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    He’s a solid coach I think he’ll be a good assistant 4 the wings

  2. polegojim - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Like it – HC experience, but better in strong Asst role.

  3. paperkid96 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Wow. I thought no one wanted to go to Detroit.

    Please, Please, Please. Tell your PP unit it is ok to shoot the puck.

    • polegojim - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      @paper – nice try – plenty of folks want to remain in Detroit AND go there… keep watching.

      I do agree with you on PP tho… to many ‘perfect’ pass attempts vs puting it on net.

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