Didn’t see that coming.
On top of a new surprising coaching change for the Edmonton Oilers, the other news of the day was a deal between the Florida Panthers and the Boston Bruins
It was a move saw Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell for defenceman Dennis Wideman and Boston’s coveted 15th pick.
Earlier, I suggested the Oilers should and must get Boston’s 15th pick if they ever swapped for first and second. I guess I can throw that out the window.
There is, most likely, something that can be read from this trade. Horton is an upstart winger who has scored 20 or more goals in each of his last five seasons in the NHL.
And Taylor Hall is a winger, so something tells me general manager Dale Tallon is beginning to build his team for a guy like Tyler Seguin, a natural centreman.
Steve Tambellini also told reporters today that he knew that deal was going to happen after talking with Tallon.
So now, it appears, a hat has been tipped for the Oilers to pick Hall on Friday.
WHAT A CRAZY WEEK
The Oilers have also made its third coaching change in three seasons — it was expected, but it was a year too early.
Pat Quinn will take on a senior advisor role with the Edmonton Oilers while Tom Renney will take his place behind the bench.
Quinn was signed for two seasons as head coach of the Oilers and it was expected he would take on a more managerial role after that contract expired.
What I don’t get, and what a lot of fans probably don’t understand, is why make the coaching move now? Steve Tambellini was too vague on why the move was made a year early.
“We must have the right people in the right spots going forward,” said Tambellini during today’s news conference.
By the way, Renney has a lot of work to do. In five seasons coaching the Rangers, Renney’s team failed to make the playoffs twice and the crew never advanced to the second round.
And After finishing dead last as assistant with the Oilers, Renney says he will need to create a new attitude within the dressing room. That will be a tough task.