May 26, 2009

Pat Quinn takes over as Oilers head coach: "If I think of leadership, I think of Pat," Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said during a news conference. "If I think of the way you want to be treated as a player, I think of someone like Pat Quinn. If I think of someone who sets an example morally for an organization of how to go forward, I think of a man like Pat Quinn." The Oilers will be the fifth NHL team coached by Quinn, who succeeds the fired Craig MacTavish. The two-time NHL coach of the year has 657 career wins in 1,318 games behind the bench with Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 04:06 PM - 1 comment

At first I had the feeling this was more of a move sideways than forward, but Quinn's record looks pretty good.

The Oil's biggest priority has to be developing the kids. Neither Gagner nor Cogliano really made much progress, Nilsson was mostly terrible apart from a late hot streak, and Hemsky seems to have settled in at a lower level than I think he's capable of. So I certainly hope Quinn's success with the juniors was no fluke.

I see Ken Hitchcock had some nice things to say about Quinn and Renney. I guess I'll believe him.

Ok, I've talked myself into it. Yay! Pat Quinn!

posted by alex_reno at 11:30 PM on May 28, 2009

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