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Welcome to Center Ice Chat’s Top 5, an irregular series ranking topical subject matter in the world of hockey. Today, we take a look at the dismissal of Edmonton Oilers coach Tom Renney, and his possible replacements. With the exit of Tom Renney from Edmonton as the Oilers’ bench boss, there’s speculation that old “what could’ve been” coaches may still be interested. Or in other words, the Oilers have a history of longer than normal shelf lives with their coaches, and those on previous short lists may still be in the hunt from year’s past. Here’s the list, which consists of former and new possible interested candidates: 5. Todd Nelson Nelson could be another American Hockey League coach who moves up a few ranks by going from coach of the Oklahoma City Barons to the Oilers. Despite success, and bringing his squad to the semifinals, the crop may be too big to stand out. Nelson is qualified, but so was Dallas Eakins for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Unfortunately, past has resi...

Oilers coach Renney will not return

The Edmonton Oilers are searching for a new coach after deciding to let Tom Renney go following two losing seasons. The team announced on its Twitter feed Thursday that it decided not to renew Renney's contract. Renney joined the team for the 2010-11 season and finished with an NHL-worst 25-45-12 record. The team improved to 32-40-10 this season, good for second-worst in the...

Brent Sutter destined to replace Tom Renney ?

The Edmonton Oilers have done lots and lots of teaching. Now it’s time to do some winning.So general manager Steve Tambellini finally got around to firing coach Tom Renney. The move has been expected since the end of the regular season, but first Tambellini had to firm up his own future.This will be a prime job, given the high-end talent in place. Who doesn’t want to coach Ryan...

Top candidates to coach Edmonton Oilers

After the dismissal of Tom Renney Thursday, the focus now turns to who will be his replacement. Here is a look at the top candidates to coach the Edmonton Oilers as reported by Edmonton Journal.Brent Sutter: He has a leg up on the others because Lowe and Sutter were teammates on the 1984 Canada Cup team, Lowe saw his work first-hand at the worlds in Helsinki where he coached three...

Tom Renney Will Not Return With Oilers

It wasn’t a press release, but rather a simple tweet: Edmonton Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini announces the club will not renew the contract of Head Coach Tom Renne And so begins the real speculation as to who will be the Oilers next head coach. Mercifully at least Renney now knows. I can’t imagine anything worse than not knowing whether or not you have a job and...

Renney Out As Coach In Edmonton

via Edmonton Oilers tweet, Edmonton Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini announces the club will not renew the contract of Head Coach Tom Renney

Oilers coach Renney won't return

Tom Renney will not return as the Edmonton Oilers head coach next season, the team announced Thursday. The Oilers decided not to renew Renney's contract after he went 55-87-22 in his two seasons as head coach. The team finished last in the Northwest Division both seasons, but used a lot of young players. Edmonton will have the No. 1 overall draft pick this year.

Richard Cloutier: End of an Error

The Edmonton Oilers announced on Thursday that the contract of current Head Coach Tom Renney will not be renewed by the hockey club. This announcement came as a surprise to no one, as the Oilers haven't said a word about wanting to keep Renney since the regular season ended six weeks ago. I'll run through some of the options the team has going forward in a moment. But...

Is Brent Sutter Headed To Edmonton?

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun, Darryl Sutter is just six wins away from sipping from the Stanley Cup. Hard to believe, but the news for Calgary Flames fans could get even worse. Just over a month after clearing out of his office at the Saddledome, Brent Sutter is suddenly the front-runner to become the next head coach of the provincial rival Edmonton Oilers, who officially...

Barons Back to Even With 5-1 Win

After being blanked by the Toronto Marlies in game 1 of the AHL Western conference finals Thursday night, the Oklahoma City Barons have battled back to take game two 5-1 evening up the series. With the Oilers’ season long gone, staff have journeyed to Oklahoma City and Ryan Dittrick reports on the game: The Oklahoma City Barons needed a quicker start than they...

Richard Cloutier: Entry Mock Draft #2: Top 31

I'll post my final draft rankings after the NHL Combine, but here's how I currently see things going at the NHL Entry Draft in June: 1. Edmonton Oilers - Nail Yakupov, RW The Oilers will do the right thing by taking the right wing. Yakupov is so head-and-shoulders better than the rest of this draft class, it's ridiculous. Future 40g man has elite speed and Hall-like...

Good guys can finish last

It's ironic that on the same day that current New York Ranger coach John Tortorella finds himself being criticized for his (non)relationship with the media that the guy he replaced Tom Renney made the news himself. Only for Renney the news was that he was out as coach of the Edmonton Oilers. What made this ironic is that we're looking at two totally opposite personalities...
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