CHOOSE NOT TO RENEW HEAD COACH RENNEY'S CONTRACT
Wanting more wins out of their young talent, the Edmonton Oilers won’t renew the contract of head coach Tom Renney after two seasons in the NHL’s cellar.
“We’re entering a new phase of our hockey club,” general manager Steve Tambellini said Thursday.
Renney joined the team for the 2010-11 season and finished with an NHL-worst 25-45-12 record. The team improved marginally this season with a 32-40-10 record for second-last in the league.
The Oilers have a stable of high draft picks, including forwards Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who were taken first overall in the last two drafts respectively.
The Oilers are banking on them and forwards Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle, both 22, and 21-year-old Magnus Paajarvi to drive them back into playoff contention.