The Oilers will have a new head coach next season.
The team announced Thursday afternoon that Tom Renney's contract won't be renewed.
Renney joined the Oilers for the 2009-10 season as an associate coach under Pat Quinn. He was promoted to head coach one year later. Under Renney, the Oilers went 57-85-22.
General manager Steve Tambellini praised Renney's coaching ability, but said he's not the right fit for the Oilers as they try to improve. "We just want to prepare us going into a phase where we need to get to a different level of compete, a different level of competing for playoff spots," Tambellini said during Thursday afternoon's news conference.
There are a few people Tambellini is considering to take over behind the bench. He said, ""I would hope to have something prior to the draft. If it's sooner, great. If not, that's okay. We just want to be sure we get the right person." The draft is June 22. (jrw)