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Old 02-23-2009, 05:32 PM   #1

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Default Tom Renney Fired

2 wins in there last 14 games and dropping quickly in the standings. Bad news for him, good news for the Pens.

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that head coach Tom Renney has been relieved of his coaching duties. Assistant coach Perry Pearn was also relieved of his duties. Mike Pelino and Benoit Allaire will remain on the coaching staff.

Coming out of the NHL lockout, Tom Renney coached the Rangers to three playoff appearances from 2006 to 2008.

Renney, 53, posted a record of 31-23-7 in 61 games behind the New York bench this season. In his tenure as head coach, he led the Rangers to a 164-121-42 record. Renney ranks fourth all-time among Rangersí coaches in wins (164) and games coached (327).

Renney was originally named to the coaching staff as an assistant coach on July 21, 2003. He was appointed interim head coach on February 25, 2004 after beginning the 2003-04 season as assistant coach, guiding the team for the final 20 games of the campaign. Renney was named head coach on July 6, 2004.

In his first full season as head coach, in 2005-06, he was named a finalist for the Jack Adams award following a 44-26-12 record and a sixth place finish in the Eastern Conference. In 2006-07, Renney led the team to a 42-30-10 record, placing sixth in the Eastern Conference.

New York defeated the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2007 Conference Quarterfinals (4-0), registering the teamís first playoff series victory since 1997 (Conference Semifinals against New Jersey) and first sweep since 1994 (Conference Quarterfinals against New York Islanders). In 2007-08, he guided the team to a record of 42-27-13 for fifth place in the Eastern Conference and led the team to a first round series victory over the New Jersey Devils in the Conference Quarterfinals (4-1).

Renney joined the staff of the Rangers in 2000-2001 and served as the teamís Director of Player Personnel for two seasons, where he oversaw all facets of the teamís amateur scouting operations, while also assisting with the professional scouting department. He was promoted to Vice President, Player Development on June 21, 2002, where he oversaw all facets of the teamís amateur scouting operations, while also assisting with the professional scouting process and player development within the organization.

Renney joined Hockey Canada in 1993, where as head coach of Team Canada, he captured the silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. During his tenure there, he coached 10 world championship competitions, capturing three gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze medals.

Renney served as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks from June, 1996 through November, 1997. He began his coaching career with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL) where he led the team to consecutive WHL titles, along with a Memorial Cup championship as the Canadian Hockey Leagueís top team.
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:49 PM   #2
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Renney or not, Rangers are all on there way out. too many high priced guys underacheiving.
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Saw this coming a mile away, and he didn't deserve it any more than Therrien did. Glen Sather is directly responsible for that mess in MSG. All of that high-priced talent, absolutely NO chemistry, and lazy as hell to boot.

John Tortorella, BTW, has taken over as HC, so you can scratch his name from the list of potential Pens' HC candidates. Torts' in-your-face style + a bunch of overpaid prima donnas = HUGE potential for high comedy

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To be honest with you all i am shocked that drury & gomez are doing so poorly together. But i am not suprised at the HC change.
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