The plan was always for Pat Quinn to hand the torch to Tom Renney.
However, after going through the worst season in franchise history, the Edmonton Oilers decided to expedite the process.
On Tuesday, the Oilers announced Quinn would be taking a senior management role with the team, while Renney would take over as head coach.
“We spoke last year about bringing these two men in who had a wealth of experience, credibility, leadership and we had a whole plan going forward,” said Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini. “Obviously with what happened this year in regards to the depth of our organization, the fact that we were rebuilding and that we were going to be young, it made sense to me over the last couple of months to basically accelerate our plan by one year.”
Renney officially becomes the Oilers 10th coach in franchise history and third head in the past three years.
He and Quinn were hired in the off-season last year to replace Craig MacTavish.
“Clearly I followed Pat here to Edmonton,” said Renney. “I certainly plan to use his knowledge in order to move this team forward based on what he knows about the game, how to grow a team, how to grow an individual, how to grow a champion.
“Saying that, I’m looking forward to brining my personality to the hockey club and the things that I identify with in terms of being a champion.”
Quinn’s new role with the team has not completely been defined by the Oilers, but it’s expected he’ll be working in all aspects of the organization.
The Oilers have also yet to make public what their plans are for the restructuring of the rest of the coaching staff and whether another assistant will be hired.
“This reorganization of the organization is a long-term project,” said Tambellini. “It’s something we want to make sure we have the right people in the right spot.”