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by Paul on 02/23/09 at 03:05 PM ET
NHL Live announces Renney firing!
added 12:08pm, from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes,
In the midst of a late-season tailspin and with the strong possibility of his team missing the playoffs, Rangers head coach Tom Renney was dismissed today after more five years behind the bench.
No replacement was immediately named.
Ending weeks of media speculation, Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather cut the cord today. A team spokesman said assistant coach Perry pearn also was fired. Mike Pelino and goaltending coach Benoit Allaire remain.
Update 12:13pm - On Fan590, Nick Kypreos is suggesting that John Tortorella is being targeted by the Rangers as a replacement.
added 1:08pm, from Mark Hermann of In the Crease at Newsday,
Renney addressed the team in what was an emotional session, players said. Lundqvist agreed with the notion that it is odd inasmuch as, earlier in the season, Renney was considered maybe the top coach in the league. “He didn’t change,” the goalie said, adding that it is a results business and when the results aren’t there, changes have to come.
Wade Redden felt it personally, acknowledging that Renney always was loyal to him despite his struggles, and implied that he owes it to his now-former coach to step it up and justify that faith.
added 1:18pm, Steve Zipay of Blue Notes says Sather trying to get a deal done with Tortorella.
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