On Friday, reporters of TSN broadcasting the World Hockey Championships tournament caught up with Edmonton Oilers veteran scorer Ales Hemsky about his thoughts on the team's recent decision to not bring back head coach Tom Renney for another season.
Hemsky said, "I just heard [about the news] yesterday. He was a great guy and good coach too. I never had a problem with him and it's kind of disappointing, but it's kind of how things go in hockey. I wish him all the best, and hopefully I will see him again."
Hemsky is coming off one of his worst NHL campaigns in his career, with just 10 goals and 26 assists on the year. He sounded disappointed that his team did not perform well enough, which likely played a big role on the decision to change coaches.
"I think we had a better team than we played. We showed it in the last month and a half or two months. We got healthier and we played better, so I don't know what will happen next season when they change the coach," admitted Hemsky.
Hemsky continued on to talk about his upcoming summer after the tournament. He said, "I will go home. Last couple of years, I injured my shoulder and spent the majority of the time in Edmonton. This summer, I'll just be home, try to relax, start training and get ready for next season."
It sounds like GM Steve Tambellini made the coaching decision based on the poor performances that the Edmonton Oilers showed in the last three seasons under his reign. There probably is a lot more pressure from ownership to see some progress in the NHL standings after three years of bottom feeding.
With the third head coach waiting to be hired in Tambellini's tenure in Edmonton, Tambellini could be next on the chopping block if the Oilers do not turn around their performance on the ice.
This is Joseph Trenton reporting on the Edmonton Oilers.
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