Rangers Fire Coach Tom Renney
The New York Rangers fired Coach Tom Renney on Monday. Renney had been the Rangers’ coach since the end of the 2003-2004 campaign, when he was named the interim head coach.
This ends weeks of speculation that Renney was on his way out. The Rangers have bottomed out over the last month, and are currently on a 2-7-3 skid over the past 11 games. This is in stark contrast to the first 13 games of the season, when the Rangers flew out of the gate with a 10-2-1 record.
Throughout the 2008-2009 campaign, the Rangers have been at the bottom of the league in the power play, highlighting their sluggish offense and scoring woes. While Renney was well liked by the players – he is widely known as a fairly laid back, players coach – many in the media began to blame Renney for an inability to motivate his team.
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At times the Rangers simply have not seemed to have the proper energy during games. Their lines didn’t always click and Renney frequently tinkered with them. Whether a change in tactics or just having a new face in the locker room can save the season for the club is hard to determine.
General Manager Glen Sather announced the decision to let go of Renney, however it is Sather who has had the personnel reigns and should be responsible for the team’s lackluster play. Key players were not retained in the offseason, most regrettably the likes of locker room stalwart Brendan Shanahan.
Meanwhile the players that were brought in have not been at the top of their game. The two pricey star imports from two seasons ago, Chris Drury and Scott Gomez have both struggled and have only found their strides in scattered stretches of play.
With 21 games remaining in the season, the Rangers are 31-23-7, with 69 points. That leaves the club tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. However, that is a tenuous perch, as the ninth place Carolina Hurricanes are only two points back with 67.
Assistant coach Perry Pearn was also fired, while the rest of the coaching staff was retained.
By: Jake Emen
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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