May 26, 2009 | 2:11pm ET
Oilers add Quinn, Renney to coaching staff

The Edmonton Oilers have significantly bolstered their coaching staff today, announcing that Pat Quinn has become the club's new head coach, while Tom Renney has been hired as associate coach.

Current Oilers assistant coach Kelly Buchberger will remain on staff in that same role.

Quinn, a Vancouver native, becomes the ninth head coach in franchise history. He is a two-time Coach of the Year and has coached in over 1,300 regular-season games.

"I feel very confident this is absolutely the right choice for our hockey club," Oilers GM Steve Tambellini said. "Today we are announcing a coaching staff that represent the leadership and expertise needed to take this organization forward."

Quinn began coaching in 1978-79 with the Philadelphia Flyers, before spending time behind the bench of the Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Renney joins the Oilers after five seasons as bench boss of the New York Rangers. The Cranbrook, British Columbia native began his tenure with the Rangers organization as Director of Player Personnel before being promoted to VP of Player Development in 2002. He was appointed head coach with 20 games left in the 2003–04 season.

From the Editor: I like it. Not much else to say... good move by Tambellini and the Oilers. This team needed an experienced guy behind the bench, and Quinn's probably the most experienced out there. He's always found a way to win, and his latest tenure behind the Canadian junior's bench added a little extra hype around him. He can be a tough punk behind the bench, and that's what a young team like the Oilers need. -- David Pagnotta.


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