Tom Renney Not Happy with Oilers

Edmonton Oilers coach Tom Renney was not the least bit hesitant in voicing his frusterations following Tuesday nights 5-0 road loss against the surging Phoenix Coyotes. “I’m not happy, flat out, not happy, it’s a joke,” Renney who is in his first year as the Oilers head coach said. “We win a game, and we figure we’re going to be hoisting the Cup or something.” Renney whose team has only won five of its first 20 games was referring to his team’s 4-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. After missing the playoffs there was a lot of optimism heading into this season with the addition of their first overall selection Taylor Hall along with other promising youngsters such as Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi. Instead the Oilers are currently nine points out of a playoff spot. “The battle level was non-existent tonight (in Phoenix),” Renney said. “The pride in the jersey was not at the level it needed to be. It was an absolute joke, a travesty.” Renney, who was the Oilers assistant coach last season had a supporter in veteran forward Sam Gagner who echoed Renney’s sentiments to the press. “Some guys want it to be easy, but this is the best league in the world,” Gagner who has five goals and 11 points said. We think after one (win) that it’s going to be easy and we forget how hard it was to get that win.” Currently the Oilers who are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games don’t play until Thursday night in Colorado against the Avalanche.

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