The Edmonton Oilers are spending time looking for a head coach, when they ultimately should be spending the majority of their energy and time trying to upgrade their on-ice talent (or frankly lack there of).
It is a fact that Tom Renney is gone, and misses the role of head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. You know something isn’t right when the last two head coaches (Pat Quinn included) were bitter about leaving and feel they weren’t given enough of a shot to develop the youthful base.
Renney’s quote to the Canadian Press has significant meaning.
“I believe I coached with tomorrow in mind as opposed to today and that might have hurt me.”
You think? What the Oilers management are missing here is that they missed out on a fantastic opportunity to keep a classy hockey guy who put the team first instead of the immediate future at the forefront. There aren’t many coaches like that around in any sport.
I have had the honour of having a few conversations with Renney, and he has my ultimate respect. It is really too bad Oilers management didn’t have the same.