Oilers Coach Pat Quinn Steps Down: Tom Renney To Take Over

June 22nd, 2010 by Alex Thomas Leave a reply »
This afternoon, the Edmonton Oilers called a press conference at Rexall Place. The reason? After just one season behind the Oilers' bench, Pat Quinn has stepped down as head coach. The Oilers finished as the worst team in the NHL last season.

The move was foreshadowed last night by TSN insider Darren Dreger, who said on 630 Ched's Inside Sports with Dan Tencer that, "There will be change with the Oilers' coaching staff." Change there was, as the future Hockey Hall of Fame coach stepped down today, and he will take the roll of adviser with the club.

Quinn will be replaced with last year's associate head coach, Tom Renney. Renney was last a head coach with the New York Rangers, and was able to get the team back to the playoffs after many rough years in the Big Apple.

Reports after the season said that Quinn lost control of the locker room mid-season, and that Renney and Quinn had different approaches to each game and were not on the same page. Renney, however, is the right guy for this team. He is a players' coach and was able to establish himself as a respected person in the Oilers locker room.

Renney will have to get right to work th ...

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