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Red Wings hire Tom Renney to replace Jeff Blashill

Updated 2x, very significantly, at 4:52 PM: Wow, awesome signing for the Red Wings on the coaching front, from their official Twitter account:

The Red Wings have hired former EDM/NYR/VAN bench boss Tom Renney as an associate coach. Renney, 57, has signed a 3-year deal with the club.
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Renney has a career 260-255-9-68 NHL record. BC native won a Mem Cup with Blazers in ’92 and a Silver Medal with Team Canada at ’94 Olympics

Remarkably astute hiring by the Wings. Renney is exactly the kind of veteran NHL voice the Wings have needed since losing Paul MacLean and Todd McLellan. Perfect addition.

To quote TSN’s Darren Dreger:

Red Wings announce the hiring of Tom Renney as an associate coach. 3 year deal. Good things happen to good people. Good hire.

Update #1: From the Edmonton Journal’s David Staples:

For #RedWings fans, here’s why I felt Renney should have had one more year with #Oilers @georgemalik @detroitredwings

Here’s his blog entry:

Renney can also be judged by the team’s overall performance. The Oilers only moved up one place in the team rankings this year, but won seven more games. The team’s goal differential at even strength improved from minus-39 to minus-27, a significant jump.

The Oilers’ special teams shot up, too. The power play went from a 14.8-per-cent success rate and 27th place to a 20.6-per-cent success rate and third overall ranking. On the penalty kill, the Oilers went from a 77-per-cent clearance rate and a 29th ranking, to a 82.4-per-cent rate and a 14th ranking.

The team’s scoring chance numbers also improved. In 2010-11, the Oilers were out chanced 19.1 to 14.8 per game. This year, it was just 18.4 to 15.7 per game.

My bottom line on Renney? He earned a new deal. He made a few big miscalculations, but much more was going right than wrong under his direction.

There are rumours the Oilers will now hire Brent Sutter. I’ve also heard whisperings of even bigger names being courted to coach the Oilers.

There are a handful of outstanding coaches out there and if the Oilers can land one of them, this move might well make more sense. We shall see.

The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan is confirming…

Wings hire former Edmonton coach Tom Renney to fill Jeff Blashill spot

From Sportsnet’s Mark Spector:

Tom Renney lands in DET as associate coach. 3-yr deal. A fine man and better coach. Ken Holland hires you? You know your stuff, man.

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Free Press’s James Jahnke confirms…

The Detroit Red Wings have hired Tom Renney as an associate coach.

Renney, 57, previously has been the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. He was let go by the Oilers in May.

He has a 260-255-9-68 career record as a head coach.

Renney signed a three-year contract with the Wings.

As does TSN:

It didn’t take long but Tom Renney is back in the NHL.

Just over a month after his tenure as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers ended, Renney signed a three-year deal to be an associate coach with the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

After head coaching stints with the Vancouver Canucks (1996-97) and New York Rangers (2004-09), Renney joined the Oilers in 2009 and became head coach in 2010.

The Oilers did not renew his contract after the 2011-2012 season.

Update #2: Here’s the Wings’ press release:

RED WINGS NAME TOM RENNEY ASSOCIATE COACH

Veteran Brings Over 15 Years of Coaching Experience to Detroit ’s Staff …

Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has hired Tom Renney as associate coach.  Renney fills the vacancy created when former Assistant Coach Jeff Blashill accepted the head coaching position with Detroit ’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.  Renney has agreed to a three-year deal with the club.  As per team policy, additional terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Renney, 57, spent the past three seasons with the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers.  He joined the Oilers’ staff as an associate coach prior to the 2009-10 season.  After just one season, Renney took over the reigns as the 10th head coach in franchise history on June 22, 2010.  In his first campaign as head coach, the Cranbrook , B.C., native led the rebuilding Oilers to a 25-45-12 record.  In total, Renney compiled a 57-85-22 record over two seasons as the bench boss of the young Edmonton squad.

Prior to his time in Edmonton , Renney spent nine seasons in various roles with the New York Rangers.  During his first two seasons in Manhattan , Renney served as Director of Player Personnel where he oversaw the team’s amateur scouts and provided assistance to New York ’s professional scouting department.  Renney was promoted to Vice President, Player Development in 2002 and joined the Rangers’ coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2003.  After a brief stint as interim head coach at the end of the 2003-04 season, Renney was officially named the 33rd head coach in Rangers history on July 6, 2004.  He led the Blueshirts to three consecutive 40-win seasons and guided the team to a 164-121-42 record over 327 games from 2005-08.

Renney first broke into the NHL as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks in 1996-97.  He spent parts of two seasons with the Canucks, compiling a 39-53-9 record over 101 games.  Renney made the move to Vancouver following his two-year tenure with Hockey Canada , serving as the head coach of the Canadian National Team that went on to capture a silver medal at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer , Norway .

Renney began his coaching career behind the bench of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League in 1990.  In two seasons with Kamloops , he led the Blazers to a 101-37-6 record, back-to-back WHL titles and a Memorial Cup championship in 1992.

On Twitter, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun digs the deal…

Really like Babcock’s move there with Renney hiring. Babcock can be real hard on players. Renney will be good buffer. Knows NHL inside out

As does, via RedWingsFeed, USA Today’s Kevin Allen...

Red Wings’ hiring of Tom Renney could be as beneficial to the team as a free agent signing. Quality man, exceptional hockey mind.

And TSN’s Darren Dreger offers this tidbit:

T.Renney says the Wings approached him over a week ago. He had other international opportunities, but is happy to work with Babcock in Det.

The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness tossed off a short confirmation...

The Wings went with experience this time around when looking to hire the next assistant coach for Mike Babcock, naming former Edmonton Oilers coach Tom Renney to replace Jeff Blashill, who will coach the Grand Rapids Griffins next season.

MLive’s Ansar Khan confirmed the signing...

The Red Wings were seeking an assistant coach with NHL head coaching experience.

Renney, 57, spent the past three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. He joined the Oilers’ staff as an associate coach prior to the 2009-10 season. After just one season, Renney took over the reigns as the head coach.

Renney compiled a 57-85-22 record over two seasons as the head coach in Edmonton.

Before that, Renney spent nine seasons in various roles with the New York Rangers. During his first two seasons with the Rangers, Renney served as director of player personnel, where he oversaw the team’s amateur scouts and provided assistance to New York’‘s professional scouting department.

Renney was promoted to vice president, player development in 2002 and joined the Rangers’ coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2003. After a brief stint as interim head coach at the end of the 2003-04 season, Renney was officially named head coach in 2004.

He led the Rangers to three consecutive 40-win seasons and guided the team to a 164-121-42 record over 327 games from 2005-08.

Renney broke into the NHL as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks in 1996-97. He spent parts of two seasons with the Canucks, compiling a 39-53-9 record.

His overall head coach record in the NHL is 260-255-9-68. He has an 11-13 playoff record.

As did the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan…

Tom Renney, head coach of the Edmonton Oilers the last two seasons, has been hired by the Red Wings as an assistant.

Renney, 57, signed a three-year deal to join Bill Peters on head coach Mike Babcock’s staff.

Renney guided the Oilers the last two seasons before being let go May 17. He had 57-85-22 record with the Oilers, coaching what was the youngest team in the league.

Renney has a lifetime mark of 260-255-75 coaching Vancouver, the Rangers (three times leading them to the playoffs) and Edmonton.

Renney replaces Jeff Blashill, who became head coach of the Wings’ minor-league affiliate in Grand Rapids.

The Edmonton Journal’s David Staples weighed in…

This comes after three seasons where Renney was either associate coach or head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, the worst team in hockey over that span.

Red Wings fans might be baffled by the hiring, but most Oilers fans will get it. Renney is a career coach and a good one, with a reputation as a strong technical coach and solid teacher. When he was let go by the Oilers, the majority of fans felt the team had done him wrong.

While I think the Oilers made a solid hire in promoting Renney’s right-hand man Ralph Krueger, I would have been happy to see Renney return as Oilers coach this year. He had earned it.

Hockey’s best coach, Scotty Bowman, once said the most important job of the coach is to get the right players on the ice. Renney generally did just fine by that standard. He shielded young players like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle from tough competition and/or tough assignments as much as he could. He maybe used Eric Belanger, Tom Gilbert and Ryan Whitney a shade too much on the power play, but it’s not like he had Justin Schultz to slot in there. Corey Potter was somewhat under-utilized, but this is a quibble. The top power play unit of Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Eberle, Shawn Horcoff and Potter got the most ice and also got great results.

On defence, he maybe overplayed Ryan Whitney a bit at even strength, but it’s worth nothing that Whitney came on stronger at the end of the year. His coach’s faith in him paid off a bit.

Renney’s main fault was to overplay Nikolai Khabibulin in net. As my Cult of Hockey colleague Bruce McCurdy found, Khabibulin had 11 wins, eight losses and three overtime/shootout losses before Christmas and a .932 save percentage. After Christmas, he was 1-13-4 with an .881 save percentage. Meanwhile, Devan Dubnyk was 4-8-0 before Christmas with a .903 save percentage, but 16-11-3 with a .919 save percentage after Christmas.

So Renney made a big miscalculation on Khabibulin, and a few smaller ones. At the same time, however, the Oilers coach made a major bet on unproven Jeff Petry, giving him the most ice time of any D-man. It paid off in a jackpot performance. Overall, the Oilers only moved up one place in the team rankings this year, but won seven more games. The team’s goal differential at even strength improved from minus-39 to minus-27.

The Oilers’ special teams shot up. The power play went from a 14.8-per-cent success rate and 27th place to a 20.6-per-cent success rate and third overall ranking. On the penalty kill, the Oilers went from a 77-per-cent clearance rate and a 29th ranking, to a 82.4-per-cent rate and a 14th ranking. The team’s scoring chance numbers also improved. In 2010-11, the Oilers were out chanced 19.1 to 14.8 per game. This year, it was just 18.4 to 15.7 per game. Much more was going right than wrong under his direction.

As I said, Renney earned a new deal. Looks like he got it today in Detroit. No surprise to me at all.

And DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose offers some Twitter quips...

#RedWings Babcock on Renney: “He’s a quality man, a guy who loves players, is a good communicator with players and appreciative of players.”
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#RedWings Mike Babcock on Tom Renney: “He knows the league ... he can give you feedback on all of the players, he knows the Red Wings.”

As well as an article about Renney’s hiring…

“He’s a hard-working guy who has had lots of success in the game,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I couldn’t have found a more experienced guy – that’s just the facts.”

With Renney suggesting that the Wings’ “program” still sells itself…

“When you look at tradition, and certainly in the last couple of decades, there’s only been a handful of teams that can consider themselves the cream of the crop,” said Renney in an exclusive phone interview with DetroitRedWings.com. “As much as no one takes that for granted, the one thing that Detroit has been able to do is sustain a high level of play and excellence and pursue playoff spots and Stanley Cups. In so doing, they have really separated themselves from much of the league in most of the seasons, and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”

While his job description hasn’t been finalized, Renney is anxious to get going with his new club.

“I know that Mike and Bill and I will sit down and talk that over,” he said. “Obviously, Mike has a real good idea of what he believes we need and how best to utilize his staff. I think that once we have a chance to talk things through, and talk philosophically where the game is and where it’s going as it relates to the Red Wings, those responsibilities will become more and more clear.”

Renney’s appointment gives the Wings the experience that they desired in their next hire behind the bench. Renney, 57, has been a coach in the NHL for 11 seasons, including nine as a head coach with Vancouver, the New York Rangers and Edmonton. Over the last two seasons, he posted a 57-85-22 record while the Oilers finished last overall and second to last. Renney’s contract wasn’t renewed.

“He’s a quality, quality man, a guy who loves players, is a good communicator with players and appreciative of players,” Babcock said. “I would consider him a players’ coach and with great experience from the Olympic Games, to World Championships to the New York Rangers to the Edmonton Oilers. He’s been around Glen Sather a ton, been around Pat Quinn a ton, been around Kevin Lowe, been around lots of good hockey people.”
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But what impressed Babcock the most – at least seven years ago – was how Renney handled his star players during his first full-season with the Rangers following the lockout. And his relationship with players hasn’t diminished either, Babcock said.

“I thought he did a heck of a job,” Babcock said. “Jaromir Jagr and him had an unbelievable relationship and Jags played phenomenal for him in New York. I thought he did a real good job in Edmonton with that young group and he played those young guys to help them develop. He played them on the first power play, he gave them a chance. Now you know what happens in this business, someone’s got to take the heat, and he took the heat in Edmonton. But we think he’s a quality coach, that’s why we’ve hired him. He knows the league, he knows all of the players, he can give you feedback on all of the players, he knows the Detroit Red Wings.”
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“In Edmonton, they had the No. 1 power play in the league, he brings a lot to the table, and I think he can do a lot of the talking,” Babcock said. “He can help me out so I can talk less, which I think is a positive thing. But the bottom line is he got hired here for the type of person he is, how hard he works, and his experience.”

And you can listen to Renney speaking to Roose via the Wings’ Flash player or right here:

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Quickie update: MLive’s Ansar Khan offered a Babcock on Renney quip as well:

Babcock on Renney: “Good coach, lots of experience. Knows how to talk to players. He’ll bring thoughts from different organizations.’‘

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/05/12 at 02:46 PM ET

Excellent.  That’s what the Wings need right there.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 07/05/12 at 06:31 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Paul, that should be the Wings driving ethos this year.

Thanks for that.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 07/05/12 at 06:36 PM ET

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Should have been the lead, because there’s the reason for this hire…or at least the most prominent one.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 07/05/12 at 05:19 PM ET

I kind of like how NO ONE EXPECTED this.  Like a sniper…

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 07/05/12 at 06:39 PM ET

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I hope Renney is whispering into uncle mike and tick tocks ears….“yandle…............psssst…........yandle…......pssssst…..........yandle”.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 07/05/12 at 06:41 PM ET

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Happy 5th of July!

L.G.R.W.

12 in 13

grin

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 07/05/12 at 06:54 PM ET

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one of the best moves the Wings have made all off season.
The past few days proceedings kind of got me down a bit, but I awoke from my slumber after watching this great video from Youtube great, awood40.
LETS GO WINGS
Red Wings OT Goals

Posted by yzer19man from Chicago, IL on 07/05/12 at 07:08 PM ET

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There are a number of ways teams can get better. Free agency, good drafting/scouting, good minor league development, good front office/owner, and better coaching (experience, special teams, etc.). I wish Jim Paek had a shot at a promotion somewhere, but I am happy about this hiring. Sometimes it takes a year before the right person is available (the same hope I have for free agency/trade deadline next year), and if you can’t snag the best free agents, you keep working to improve in other ways.

One young coach and one experienced ex-head coach sounds like a good balance. Let’s hope the special teams get better now, as others have stated above.

Posted by Bugsy on 07/05/12 at 07:10 PM ET

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So, what will his role be? In charge of D, F, PP, PK?

Posted by Tony from Sweden on 07/05/12 at 02:40 PM ET

Well, I’m presuming we’ll find out after TC in TC.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 07/05/12 at 07:10 PM ET

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This might be good news, depending on how you look at it: Stu Hackel, Sports Illustrated today—I’m sure George will post this later

http://nhl-red-light.si.com/2012/07/05/suter-parise-signings-will-echo/

“The most significant aspect of Suter’s departure is the future of Nashville’s other All-Star defenseman and captain, Shea Weber, who is said to be stunned by this development. He’s now a restricted free agent and will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next July. Will he want to stay with the Predators now that his partner has gone? “I know if Ryan had re-signed it would be a lot easier for Shea to make a commitment,” Poile said. “But I have to find that out now. I have already talked to Shea’s representative about a long-term contract. Everyone wanted to see what came down with the Suter situation.”

The Preds want to lock up Weber, but if he won’t sign a new long-term deal, it’s possible that Poile will be forced to do what he didn’t want to do with Suter: trade him before he hit free agency to get something in return. Poile felt, with some justification, that the Weber-Suter tandem could have continued their stellar play for years, becoming perhaps the best blueline duo in NHL history. He now has another hard negotiation ahead of him and if this one doesn’t go his way, Poile may have to reluctantly pick up the phone, find a trading partner, and remain hopeful of making a good hockey deal, maybe with one of the teams that’s “got.””

Maybe the cap room is still an option, but it still comes down to a variation of the Rick Nash question: dare they trade him to a division rival short of asking for 1/2 the team?

Posted by Bugsy on 07/05/12 at 07:19 PM ET

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Really… where does all this crap come from?

Primis.

Posted by Garth on 07/05/12 at 04:30 PM ET

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

OMG I actually did LOL when I saw that.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/05/12 at 07:24 PM ET

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Great hire.  Somebody check his bags - maybe he brought jeff petry with him.

Yeah, there’s just Hordichuk in there.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 07/05/12 at 07:32 PM ET

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He’s a quality man, a guy who loves players, is a good communicator with players and appreciative of players.

Yikes. That sounded disturbingly like a description of Dave Lewis 2.0 when I read it. But then I watched this…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d8ZJgRcnfg

“I went to a funeral yesterday. I had a day off. Suck it up and play hockey.

They should put that on a loop and make Franzen listen to it all summer long.

So, what will his role be? In charge of D, F, PP, PK?

I think this quote should answer that question: “[Under Renney t]he power play went from a 14.8-per-cent success rate and 27th place to a 20.6-per-cent success rate and third overall ranking.”

...the one thing that Detroit has been able to do is sustain a high level of play and excellence and pursue playoff spots and Stanley Cups. In so doing, they have really separated themselves from much of the league in most of the seasons, and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
-Tom Renney

To paraphrase WFIBL, the two spotlight-dodging ladies who just signed with the Wild. That’s who.

Now all I want to see is a trade for Yandle and the signing of 6’ 5”, 220lb Jason Arnott (although Tick Tock may never want anything to do with someone named Arnott again).

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/05/12 at 07:39 PM ET

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God, what if Weber wants to play with Suter?!!!!!!

Posted by gowings from MTL on 07/05/12 at 07:44 PM ET

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God, what if Weber wants to play with Suter?!!!!!!

Posted by gowings from MTL on 07/05/12 at 06:44 PM ET

With most of the money locked up in just 5 guys? ROFL

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 07/05/12 at 07:47 PM ET

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One more thing, George.
GET SOME SLEEP. This may be your last chance for about another week.

Posted by Bugsy on 07/05/12 at 07:54 PM ET

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FYI, Quincy filed for arbitration.  What do you guys think about that?

Posted by neffernin on 07/05/12 at 08:30 PM ET

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FYI, Quincy filed for arbitration.  What do you guys think about that?

Posted by neffernin on 07/05/12 at 07:30 PM ET

From [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/TSN:[/url]

July 1: Free Agency period begins
July 5: Deadline for player-elected salary arbitration
July 6: Deadline for team-elected salary arbitration
July 20-Aug. 4: Salary Arbitration hearings held

Sept. 15: NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement expires
Oct. 11: Start of 2012-13 regular season
Nov. 12: Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Night
Jan. 1: NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium (Leafs at Red Wings)
Jan. 24-28: All-Star Weekend in Columbus
Apr. 13: Last day of 2012-13 regular season
June 28-29: 2013 NHL Draft in Newark, New Jersey

I expected that; at least, it keeps other teams from negotiating with Q until hearings are over.  If the Wings lose the arbitration, he’s free to sign somewhere else, but losing that 2012 First Round pick to the Bolts is gonna hurt real bad.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 07/05/12 at 08:37 PM ET

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FYI, Quincy filed for arbitration.  What do you guys think about that?

He’s trying to take advantage of the situation he finds himself and the Wings in.  He probably wants aboot $4- 4.5 mil a year, knows the Wings aren’t going to give it to him and is hoping an arbitrator will see things his way.  Good luck with that Kyle.

Posted by calquake on 07/05/12 at 08:42 PM ET

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He probably wants aboot $4- 4.5 mil a year[/quote                  
Posted by calquake on 07/05/12 at 07:42 PM ET

Posted by Cal on 07/05/12 at 09:36 PM ET

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We indeed live in a world gone mad.

Posted by Cal on 07/05/12 at 09:37 PM ET

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“suck it up and play hockey”

OMG I just fell in love with Ken Holland all over again.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 07/05/12 at 10:12 PM ET

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I wouldn’t read to much into the Quincey arbitration.  even Holland said it’s just part of the process.  it’ll move things along.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 07/05/12 at 10:13 PM ET

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From Khan(!):

Red Wings’ new associate coach Tom Renney stresses speed, will work on power play.

Well, that answers that.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 07/05/12 at 11:00 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

They wanted someone with NHL head coaching experience.

Which is a direct contradiction of Bab’s philosophy from one year ago. So, maybe he actually did learn something from bringing in a guy with one year’s worth of college experience. Good to know.

“What has me most concerned is how much we stand at the far blue line and wait for the opponent to come at us,’’ Renney said. “With that being said, I do like the puck, and if I’m giving it up I’m doing my best to get it back quickly with a certain level of exuberance.’‘

I have a feeling that those who skate and forecheck hard will get the most ice time. Looks like the “Mule” will have to quit being a donkey or he’s going to be playing with the Tooter on the 4th line by mid-November.

With Renney’s three-year contract, we may very well be looking at the future head coach of the Wings. If that’s true, one day into his contract, I’m impressed – more impressed than I’ve been with Babcock in quite some time.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/06/12 at 12:50 AM ET

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Posted by OlderThanChelios on 07/05/12 at 11:50 PM ET

I’m LOVING it.  Been screaming this.  Wings forecheck has been horrible and they play SO RESERVED that they surrender territory and allow momentum.

I’m absolutely digging Renney so far, this is more than I’ve heard from a Detroit coach about specific things since I can’t remember.  No in general, good players gotta be good players.  He’s calling it out on front street and letting them know what’s up.  LOVE IT

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/06/12 at 01:24 AM ET

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And if Forechecking hard gets you ice-time Mule with be with Abby on the 4th line, Tootoo may end up a first liner wink

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/06/12 at 01:25 AM ET

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What has me most concerned is how much we stand at the far blue line and wait for the opponent to come at us

holy crap.  I love this guy already.  first off he said WE.  but mainly because he pointed out exactly what I spent months screaming at the TV last year.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 07/06/12 at 09:16 AM ET

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holy crap.  I love this guy already.  first off he said WE.  but mainly because he pointed out exactly what I spent months screaming at the TV last year.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 07/06/12 at 08:16 AM ET

Hey!  I saw him first.  wink

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 07/06/12 at 11:41 AM ET

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