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April 12, 2012 | 10:45am ET
Tambellini taking his time with Renney
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According to the Edmonton Journal, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is not procrastinating or waiting to see who is available to become the team's next head coach, he is only taking some time to ponder the team's coaching situation.

During a press conference, the GM refused to say if Tom Renney, whose contract expires June 30, will be his coach for the foreseeable future, as he would prefer for Renney to think about his vision regarding the club going forward.

"Tom is our coach right now ... I won't go into what ifs," Tambellini told the paper. "I told Tom he needs to go away for a few weeks and rest. I told him to take a vacation. And I'm going for a few weeks to the under-18s and eventually the world championship (May 4-20 in Helsinki and Stockholm).

"It's time for us to think about the season, think about the things we did well and could do better. We'll discuss that and he's comfortable with that."

Tambellini added that he is looking to take his time with the coaching consideration and discuss with chief scout Stu MacGregor, as he attends the World under-18 hockey championship.

However, Renney would most likely prefer to know sooner than later about his coaching situation, as the current circumstances leave him and his coaching staff hanging in the wind, should other jobs open up elsewhere.

Renney and his staff have been praised for the development of young talents Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Jeff Petry, Devan Dubnyk, Ladislav Smid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner, though the club finished 29th in a 30-team league this season and missed the playoffs for the sixth straight year.

In other news, young forward Linus Omark is reportedly looking to be traded, as he is a restricted free agent and was the subject of trade rumors in the past.

"I live to show that the 'two' are wrong. But I really hope EDM let me have a chance in another NHL team," Omark posted on his Twitter in response to a fan hoping he proved that the Oilers were wrong not to bring him back to the lineup.

The Oilers will likely try to deal his rights at the NHL Entry Draft on June 22.

In 14 games this season, Omark collected three goals and eight penalty minutes.

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