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He had received a couple of coaching overtures since the Toronto Maple Leafs let him go three years ago, but it was never quite the right fit for Pat Quinn.

Until Tuesday.

Quinn reportedly will rejoin the man he once mentored in the NHL – Edmonton Oilers’ general manager Steve Tambellini – as part of the NHL team’s new restructured coaching staff, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Quinn becomes the head coach; Tom Renney, who received his NHL coaching start with the Vancouver Canucks, will join Quinn’s staff as an associate coach.

The new regime – designed to lead the Oilers into the playoffs, after missing them for three consecutive years – was to be unveiled at a press conference in Edmonton later today.

Quinn, 66, is one of the NHL’s most experienced coaches – and bucks a recent trend, in which many untried coaches have received their first NHL opportunities this year. Three such candidates – Todd Richards, Kevin Dineen and Scott Arniel – were also considered by the Oilers, but ultimately did not get the job.

He began his career with the 1978-79 Philadelphia Flyers and also had stints behind the bench of the Los Angeles Kings, the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Overall, he has been behind the bench for 1,318 games, and boasts an overall record of 657-481-180. Three hundred of those victories came in 574 games with the Maple Leafs.

In Quinn’s first six seasons with Toronto, or prior to the 2004-05 NHL lockout, the team made the playoffs every year, twice advancing to the Eastern Conference final.

Overall, Quinn’s post-season record is a thoroughly respectable 94-89. Although his teams have never won a Stanley Cup, he did get to the seventh game of the 1994 final with the Canucks, only to lose to the New York Rangers of Mark Messier, Mike Richter and Alexei Kovalev.

“When you’re out for a little bit and still have a passion for the business, then you do start thinking about what’s out there and how can I get back at it?” said Quinn, in a recent interview, where he also mentioned that he missed the day-to-day life of an NHL coach/executive more than he could have imagined; and that retirement wasn’t sitting particularly well with him.

Quinn’s relationship with Tambellini, his new boss, dates back to the start of Tambellini’s 17 years in the Vancouver front office, which coincided with Quinn’s arrival on the scene. Tambellini held a number of positions, beginning in media relations, and the two forged a long-standing relationship.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/oile...article1153659/

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I started watching the press conference and waited to see how long it would take him to say his catchphrase "and uh", took place around 1:23

I thought it would have been earlier, but all the "uhs" weren't preceded by "and".

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I started watching the press conference and waited to see how long it would take him to say his catchphrase "and uh", took place around 1:23

I thought it would have been earlier, but all the "uhs" weren't preceded by "and".

Ahh I missed those Quinn interviews. So bland and such a bad talker. As long as he can coach though :)

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Excellent choices -- Quinn as head honcho with Renney as the systems guy. I'm jealous. Probably because Gainey will probably hire an inanimate carbon rod + a water cooler to complete our coaching staff.

Don't worry, it will only happen if the carbon rod and water cooler belonged to the team when he played here. :lol:

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I don't think it's a good choice at all, matter a fact i think it's an horrible one.... but oh well that's why we call it a "personal opinion".

Why horrible? Quinn is a veteran coach, and he's coming off a gold medal at the world juniors (which will be valuable in helping him coach Edmonton's kids). Renney is a meticulous, detail-oriented systems guy who will bring the Xs and Os. Why is this a horrible move for the Oil?

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Why horrible? Quinn is a veteran coach, and he's coming off a gold medal at the world juniors (which will be valuable in helping him coach Edmonton's kids). Renney is a meticulous, detail-oriented systems guy who will bring the Xs and Os. Why is this a horrible move for the Oil?

lol That's exactly why i don't like him there, i don't think he's good at all with younger players (and im pretty sure that im right about that) did you watch the juniors? Guy Boucher did all the work, im sure you can count on the fingers of 1 hand the times that Patt Quinn talked to his players during that whole tournament.

And im afraid im not even joking.

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lol That's exactly why i don't like him there, i don't think he's good at all with younger players (and im pretty sure that im right about that) did you watch the juniors? Guy Boucher did all the work, im sure you can count on the fingers of 1 hand the times that Patt Quinn talked to his players during that whole tournament.

And im afraid im not even joking.

I don't follow the logic. If Quinn did nothing at the juniors, and his assistant did all the work, then it doesn't matter whether or not Quinn is good with kids, since Renney will do the heavy lifting. And also, how do you know Quinn didn't talk to his players? I'm going on results, and his recent results speak for themselves.

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I don't follow the logic. If Quinn did nothing at the juniors, and his assistant did all the work, then it doesn't matter whether or not Quinn is good with kids, since Renney will do the heavy lifting. And also, how do you know Quinn didn't talk to his players? I'm going on results, and his recent results speak for themselves.

Results yeah.... the juniors is the only thing he ever won lol.

And as far as talking to his players, i saw the games.... i sat there and watch him chew bubble gum day after day for the whole thing lol.

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Results yeah.... the juniors is the only thing he ever won lol.

And as far as talking to his players, i saw the games.... i sat there and watch him chew bubble gum day after day for the whole thing lol.

So that doesn't mean he doesn't talk to his players, he could very well after/before games and at practices.

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Results yeah.... the juniors is the only thing he ever won lol.

So which more qualified candidate would you have picked?

And as far as talking to his players, i saw the games.... i sat there and watch him chew bubble gum day after day for the whole thing lol.

Okay, sure. Because you obviously watched him every single second of every single game, and you were there in the locker room too between periods.

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lol That's exactly why i don't like him there, i don't think he's good at all with younger players (and im pretty sure that im right about that) did you watch the juniors? Guy Boucher did all the work, im sure you can count on the fingers of 1 hand the times that Patt Quinn talked to his players during that whole tournament.

And im afraid im not even joking.

Jesus you people don't get sarcasm, he's known for not being the most talkative coach anyway!

Theres plenty of good choices out there, Hartley could have been a good one for them.

Please point to the sarcasm in the 1st post. I think you don't get sarcasm.

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Jesus you people don't get sarcasm,

It wasn't sarcasm. It was hyperbole. Like your statement that Quinn's hiring is a 'horrible' move for Edmonton. You didn't question it, you didn't say you disagreed, you said it was a horrible move, a statement that, given Quinn's resumé and his recent junior success, would seem to demand an explanation or clarification.

he's known for not being the most talkative coach anyway!

Thank you. I was completely unaware of that fact. /sarcasm ;)

There is a world of difference between 'not the most talkative coach' and 'never talks ever'. The former in no way is proof that Quinn can't be an effective coach of young players.

Theres plenty of good choices out there, Hartley could have been a good one for them.

Soooo, once again ... Quinn's a horrible choice, why? Because he's not that talkative?

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