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from Stephen Whyno of the CP at TSN,
Tom Renney is a hockey man, not a businessman. He once ran a clothing store in Trail, B.C., along with his wife but since then his life has been immersed in coaching.
So when Hockey Canada was searching for a new president and CEO and Renney emerged as serious candidate, the 59-year-old didn't put on a masquerade.
"(Business is) not where his passion lies," Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said. "And it's not where his expertise lies. One thing about Tom: He knows what he is and he knows what he's not."
Renney above all else is a respected hockey man, and his decades of experience at the amateur, international and professional levels ultimately made him Hockey Canada's choice to replace Bob Nicholson.
Updated 2x at 9:19 PM: Paul did a helluva job of covering the "gist" of the GM's meetings, but here are some items that I noticed on Twitter and feel merit mentioning, starting with Craig Custance's chat with Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman...
In Penguins and Maple Leafs news, from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston...
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The Florida Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Filakov reports two important items regarding the Florida Panthers' coaching and draft plans.
First, Filakov reports that the Panthers will interview former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma before circling back to a set of coaches who will speak with the Panthers' new ownership regarding their coaching philosophies...
The Panthers coaching search will pick up steam this week as six front-runners for the vacancy, including fired Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, will meet with the team's brain-trust in New York City, according to a team source.
Other than Bylsma, the other five leading candidates have all met or spoke to General Manager Dale Tallon, but now will also sit down with the team's co-owners, Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu, as well as CEO/President Rory Babich.
Those repeaters are believed to be Ron Wilson, Canadiens' assistant Gerard Gallant, former Stanley Cup — winning coach Marc Crawford, and Red Wings' assistants Tom Renney and Bill Peters.
While Filakov continues at significant length regarding the coaching search and the Panthers' hopes that they can land one of Brooks Orpik or Matt Niskanen if Bylsma joins the Panthers, this tidbit about the Panthers' draft plans is a wee bit more newsworthy:
via Edmonton Oilers tweet,
Edmonton Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini announces the club will not renew the contract of Head Coach Tom Renney
“We have a few people who should look in the mirror. You’re Edmonton Oilers ... you’re a millionaire. Suck it up and play hockey.”
-Edmonton coach Tom Renney after losing to the Sharks last night. More from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.
Below, watch an unhappy Renney, post-game.
“We made it so easy on them (Canucks) in the first 20 minutes, we just handed the puck over and all they did was counterattack. Anytime we did get in (the Vancouver zone), we weren’t there long, for that reason.
“I’ve said it 100 times, but the way the rules are in the league now, if you get pucks in behind the (defencemen) and hunt them down and finish your checks on them, you soften them up, it doesn’t matter who it is.
“We didn’t choose to do that near enough in the first period and it took us a little while in the second period to make it a consistent part of our game. We got back into it because of that. It’s not a tricky formula, but it’s certainly one we have to pay attention to.
“It’s a tough game, it’s a tough league and we’ve got to man up and participate.”
-Tom Renney, Edmonton Oilers head coach after losing to Vancouver last night. More from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Jagr, who accurately had been linked to the Oilers in mid-February, is all but certain to attempt to gain clearance from Omsk and the KHL to return to the NHL next season even though he had told friends throughout the year he is locked into Russia for 2009-10. If Tom Renney had remained behind the Ranger bench, it’s likely he would have sought to come back to New York.
That scenario is now inoperative. Indeed, if the Oilers miss the playoffs for a third straight year, it’s just possible Renney could replace Craig MacTavish as head coach and reunite with Jagr in Edmonton.
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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.
from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,
When I asked about the chants of “Fire Renney” and “Fire Sather” and how much blame he needs to take for the unrest and slumping team, he said:
“I take full responsibility for where this team is right now. That’s incumbent with the position. My job is to correct this, get us winning, get us feeling better about ourselves. I look to be a solution. It’s as simple as that.”
Actually, it’s more complicated. I’m starting to get the feeling that some players—-not all—-have tuned Renney out, and as the old saying goes, you can’t get fire of all the players.
My growing suspicion is that if the Rangers don’t respond with wins Monday in St. Louis and at home against the Islanders on Wednesday, the successful coach of almost five years may not get a reprieve.
The words of Rangers coach Tom Renney after blowing a 4-0 lead and eventually losing 5-4 to the Capitals in OT.
Watch his post game press conference below.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner suffered an undisclosed injury and the Flyers defeated the Devils 5-3 tonight at Prudential Center.
Langenbrunner headed to the Devils’ locker room with the trainer after taking a hard hit from Flyers defenseman Luca Sbisa along the right wing boards in the Philadelphia zone 7:55 into the second period. It appeared Langenbrunner had a left leg injury, but it was difficult to tell.
more on the game…
via Steve Zipay of Blue Notes,
With 11:38 left in the second period, Rangers coach Tom Renney was clipped on the left side of the head by Rostislav Klesla’s stick during a scrum at the bench.
He went down to the floor, an official said between the second and third period, may have lost consciousness, was assisted off the ice and was being X-rayed. Assistants Mike Pelino and Perry Pearn took over. Renney did not return before the end of the period.
A Rangers spokesman said during the intermission that Renney “was OK. He was hit on the top of the head.”
added 10:11pm, from Norm Sanders of the New-Democrat,
St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace suffered what the team called a lower-body injury Friday and did not return for the second period against the Los Angeles Kings.
Legace may have been injured when he slipped on a piece of carpeting coming out for pregame warmups. The carpet was on the ice for a pregame ceremony involving Republic vice-presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin.
a little more...
“I want to be a consistent team from start to finish, a team that plays with speed and pace and tempo and energy and has work habits and intelligence. And I’d like to see a little better balance between our goal production and our goals against, more of a gap…We can place a premium on production, and every team does; I put more of a premium on being the best team on the ice every night. We believe with what we’ve been able to do with our roster is create a little more versatility in our offensive punch, we have some guys whose offense has been great in the past and we believe will continue here,...”
-New York Rangers Coach Tom Renney. More on the Rangers by Steve Zipay at his Blue Notes Blog.
via Blue Notes at Newsday,
Asked what it would mean to go up 2-0 tonight, Renney said: “Everything. That’s why we’re gonna come out and play hard. We have to understand that continued patience and poise and the ability to weather the storm on the road is important. We did that the other night very well, all things considered. We want to do that again tonight and be more proactive with our own attack.”
from the New York Daily News,
Tom Renney understands that absorbing some physical punishment is part of being a top player. But Renney has just about had it with the unpenalized bashing he believes Jaromir Jagr receives most games….
“He’s the best player on our team and he is never going to dive,” Renney said of Jagr, who on Sunday took an on-ice pounding from Montreal defenseman Mike Komisarek and the usual over-the-air hammering from NBC analyst Mike Milbury. “He’s always going to play the game straight up to the best of his ability. Whereas those that oppose him - that stop him - in my mind, play outside the rules of the game at times.
“And for whatever reasons, it seems to go unnoticed because he doesn’t fall down; he doesn’t embellish; he’s strong; he uses his size well; he’s a puck-possession guy. And yet, protect the integrity of the game and allow the player to play.
from Larry Brooks at the NY Post,
Tom Renney talked yesterday about the need for the Rangers to be personally accountable to themselves and their teammates, and so too did Sean Avery, who’s likely to return from his third stay on IR for tonight’s Garden match against the Sabres.
That’s all well and good, but the responsibility to both demand and then enforce accountability begins with the head coach.
And for reasons known only to himself, Renney has spent the first 46 games of this disappointing season coddling and cajoling his players rather than disciplining them for repeated mental errors.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
When I addressed Tom Renney with that point, he paused and then hit the nail on the head.
“We’re legitimately in the top four or five of the conference,” said the coach. “But if the power play is bad - or we beat ourselves - the stats will bear out where we belong. And we should be humbled by that.”
“There’s a level of excellence that’s acceptable and we expect.”...
When I asked Sean Avery about it, he was blunt.
“The power play is all about work ethic and there are not enough guys working hard at it,” said Avery, who labored as energetically as any Ranger against Dallas.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Funny, but when it was over no Rangers player stomped around the locker room complaining that his team lost 3-2 because it had been out-goaltended, although Lundqvist griped after Wednesday’s 2-1 victory in Tampa because he was unhappy with the players Tom Renney had on the ice when the Lightning scored at 19:43 of the third to spoil the shutout….
“I wasn’t questioning why any individual player was on the ice, but I had a conversation with Brendan about maybe having more defensive players on the ice,” Lundqvist told The Post yesterday. “I haven’t talked to Tom about it. I’m not going to.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
But it still is no less incredible that Dan Girardi, emerging as a go-to, first-pair defenseman at the age of 23, could have gone through both the 2002 and 2003 entry drafts without one of the 30 teams calling his name; no less incredible that 583 players were selected in those two drafts and Girardi was not one of them.
“We were just talking about that this morning,” Tom Renney, then part of the Rangers’ personnel evaluation staff and now the coach who will send Girardi onto the ice with partner Fedor Tyutin against the Islanders’ most dangerous line tonight at the Garden, said on Friday.