Oilers system allows creativity: Renney
DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
Tom Renney was not surprised by Linus Omark’s latest trick.
The Edmonton Oilers head coach is growing accustomed to seeing something new and creative from his talented winger, who flipped the puck over the net looking for a teammate in front during Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
“In that very same building when I was coaching Vancouver, I saw Pavel (Bure) do that,” Renney said. “I asked myself a few months ago, I wonder when this kid is going to try that play?”
In the second period of Saturday’s contest, Omark found himself cornered behind the Canucks net. Instead of trying to force the puck out in front, he decided to flip it over the net. Unfortunately for the Oilers there wasn’t anybody around to take a whack at it as it fell in front of goaltender Cory Schneider.
It was reminiscent of a play Bure attempted years before.
“Pavel’s wasn’t a pass, he came around to try and score himself,” Renney said. “He was trying to pass the puck to himself. As a matter of fact, he whacked at it and because it was bouncing, it bounced up over his stick.”
Omark finished the contest with a goal and an assist, while adding to his growing collection of highlight-reel moves.
The silky-smooth Swede has scored a couple of memorable shootout goals this season, while continuing to impress with his creativity around the net.
“It’s tough to defend creativity. It’s tough to defend someone else’s imagination,” Renney said. “It’s tough as a coach to allow that to happen night after night, and you never know what the byproduct of that is from a negative perspective.
“But we have to see what people have. I’m not going to stand in their way, especially when they’re doing everything they can to work within our game plan anyway. Which to me, provides lot of latitude for creativity.”