After a long wait (or what feels like it anyways) Steve Tambellini and the Edmonton Oilers have officially filled their head coach vacancy, announcing today during a lunch hour presser that long time NHL coach Pat Quinn will now take over the top job behind the Oilers bench. Quinn will be flanked by former Ranger coach Tom Renney who will work under an associate roll, rounding out the staff (for now) will be long time Oiler Kelly Buchberger.
Quinn, one of the elder statesmen of the NHL coaching fraternity has seen over 1300 regular season games as the head bench boss, as well as 92 playoff games and two trips to the Stanley Cup finals. Quinn has two Jack Adams trophies on his resume, one in 79/80 and one in 91/92. The only blemish on Quinn’s record is the lack of a Stanley Cup ring.
Renney previously spent the past five seasons behind the Rangers bench; many view Renny as a Craig MacTavish clone. I’m most concerned with how two established head coaches will work together in complementary rolls, in my opinion it could potentially be of great benefit to the Oilers…. But could just as easily lead to malcontent. We will see I guess.
Reactions seem to be positive amongst Oiler faithful, and while I’ll agree that this is a good time for optimism, after a fresh start was certainly needed. I’ll take a more “cautiously optimistic” route. Quinn has a reputation as a veterans coach, his success at the world juniors gives some weight to his ability and to work with young players. You can still only put so much weight behind a team winning a tournament (on home ice) that it’s supposed to win… After all the 2007/2008 world junior coach was fired after 48 games.
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