SteenIsThaFuture Posted May 26, 2009 Report Share Posted May 26, 2009 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/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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