Oilers hire Smith, Buchberger

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EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers named Kelly Buchberger and Steve Smith as assistant coaches for Tom Renney on Thursday.

Buchberger has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with Edmonton and prior to that he was head coach of Edmonton's American Hockey League affiliate at Springfield.

An 18-year veteran of the NHL, including 13 seasons with Edmonton, he totaled 105 goals and 204 assists over 1,182 games. He also played for Atlanta, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Pittsburgh.

Smith had been a scout with the Chicago Blackhawks for the past two years.

He spent 16 years in the NHL and won three Stanley Cups with the Oilers. Over 804 games, which included stints with Chicago and Calgary, he totaled 72 goals and 303 assists.

The Oilers also named Todd Nelson as head coach of the Oklahoma City Barons, Edmonton's current AHL affiliate.


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