NHL News – Tom Renney out as Edmonton Oilers coach

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The Oilers are full of potential and management decided Thursday that Tom Renney will not be the man charged with leading the team into the 2012 NHL season


The Edmonton Oilers are in search of a new head coach after announcing Thursday that Tom Renney’s contract would not be renewed


Tom Renney was hired in 2009 as an assistant to Pat Quinn and promoted to head coach a year later. The Oilers finished 30th in Renney’s first year as head coach with a 25-45-125 record, missing the playoffs for the fifth straight season.


In 2011-12, Edmonton’s scoring increased and the goals-against saw a dramatic reduction but the Oilers still finished fifth in the Northwest and 29th in the league. Renney’s overall record in two years with the club was 57-85-22.


This is the eighth coaching change since Edmonton’s most recent Stanley Cup title in 1990. With so many hot prospects, Renney was seen as an ideal candidate for the job but as the team looks to take its next step in the competitive Western Conference they felt it was time for a changing of the guard.


Renney spent time with Vancouver and the New York Rangers and will most likely land a job before the start of the 2012 season. This was the 10th NHL coaching casualty since October and of the previous *eight teams to make changes, only three qualified for this year’s playoffs.


*Los Angeles hired John Stevens on a interim basis after Terry Murray was let go, but Darryl Sutter was given the head coaching job 10 days later, leading the Kings to a 3-2 shootout win against the Ducks in his debut (Dec. 22-11)


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