A lot has been said about Tom Renny. To many of us here at Blueshirt Brothers Tom will always be the coach who:
1 - Brought the Rangers franchise back to respectability,
2 - Ended that horrific 7 year playoff draught, and
3 - Successfully managed a bunch of difficult personalities (Jagr and Avery for example) to 3 straight playoff appearances - twice to the 2nd round.
When Tom forgot to treat this post-Jagr year as a rebuilding season and got the team off to an extended hot start - he unfortunately raised expectations for his team and himself. And so, when the Rangers fell back to earth, Renney became the casualty of his own earlier success.
We all realize the roster presented to Tom by Slats was deeply flawed - thin from overspending and yet lacking enough firepower to score enough goals to make the Rangers competitive in the long term. Tom did his best to counter this by leaning on his lone superstar - Henrik Lundqvist - trying to focus on defense - and hoping to win his games 2-1 or 1-0. This worked quite well for a while, but eventually the Rangers began (1) losing regularly and (2) being very hard to watch while doing it - because they didn't produce much offense (SHOOT THE PUCK!).
So in the end Tom got a raw deal here - but at the same time - the move to hire Tortorella added a much needed spark to the team, plus a little more accountability. So, although unfair to Renney, we're glad the Rangers made the move when they did.
Not to get Nugman started - but the NY Yankees have only learned just how much Joe Torre did for them - after he was gone. Tom Renney's two straight trips to the second round of the playoffs is quite an accomplishment compared to what had gone on before - and now, after. The jury's still out (or is it the Drury's still out?) on Torts. Let's see if in a full season at the helm Torttorella can get us past - or even into - round two next year and beyond.
We bring this all up now because the Edmonton Oilers gave Tom Renny a job this week. Not as head coach, but as an assistant to Pat Quinn, recently hired as the Oiler's new head coach to replace Craig MacTavish. We're glad Edmonton called. Tom's a good hockey man and did quite well here for a long time with the hand he was dealt. We'll always remember what Renney did here - and we wish him well.
Except, of course, when the Oilers play the Rangers. Then Tom can take a flying... Sorry - let's just leave this on the high road. Thanks Tom and best of luck.
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