NHL Canadian Corner – May 18, 2012.

Fallout from the Oilers decision not to renew coach Tom Renney’s contract, more speculation over Daniel Alfredsson, and an update on Ryan Kesler.


Is replacing Renney as coach the right move for the Oilers?

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples questions the Oilers decision yesterday not to renew head coach Tom Renney’s contract, believing the team was trending in the right direction.

EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones believes former Flames head coach Brent Sutter is the right man to take over as the Oilers new head coach.

SPORTSNET.CA: Mark Spector believes Oilers GM Steve Tambellini could be on thin ice as he’s about to make his third coaching hire in four years, and must get this one right or face losing his job.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been long rumored Sutter would be Renney’s replacement. We’ll find out hopefully in the coming weeks if that’s the case or if they’re looking at other options.

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan reports Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson lamented Sweden’s 4-3 elimination loss to the Czech Republic could be his last hockey game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could send a slight ripple of concern through the Senators organization, which is hoping Alfredsson will return for one more season.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks center Ryan Kesler doesn’t intend to rush back from May 8 surgery to repair a torn labrum.


  1. I am not overwhelmed with the idea of Sutter or Richards. I haven’t read or heard anything about this possibility, but Kurt Kleinendorst would be an interesting fit in Edmonton. Perhaps, their goals are a bit lofty for a first-time head coach though.

  2. I wonder about Terry Murray coaching in EDM. Much of the Kings’ success this season is built on Murray’s work with LA’s young players years ago. The Oulers have all the talent in the world but need to learn to play two-way hockey, something Murray could definitely teach them.

  3. The translation for Alfie’s interview after the Swedish loss.. was reported to be: This is probably my last TOURNAMENT.

    Kurt Kleinendorst is a good coach and very good with young players. In his first season in Binghamton he takes them to the Calder Cup championship. He would be a good hire for the Oilers…