The Detroit Red Wings have announced that Tom Renney will be their new associate coach to start the 2012-13 NHL Season. The 57-year old Renney was the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers for each of the last two seasons, but his contract was not renewed. Renney has coached for Vancouver, the New York Rangers, and the aforementioned Oilers.
Renney's career coaching record is 260-255-9-68, although in the last two seasons, he's put up a 55-85-22 record as the Oilers have been a lottery team for three consecutive seasons.
Renney brings veteran NHL coaching experience to the Red Wings bench and was the coach for the Oilers 3rd-ranked power play last season (although they were 27th in the league in 2010-11). This is a good addition to the Red Wings' bench, as Renney's presence brings a calm veteran. Although, Renney was fined $10K in April for suggesting that the NHL wanted "Hollywood" in the playoffs after a frustrating loss to the Kings.
Renney's deal with the Red Wings is for three years. Coach Babcock is happy with the signing:
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."
Renney is, of course, thrilled to join the Wings' organization.
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?"
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