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2010-2011 Season Preview

MacLean believes his way will lead to more success

Wednesday, 09.15.2010 / 4:47 PM / 2010-2011 Season Preview

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

New Jersey Devils coach John MacLean knows a thing or two about the finer points of generating offense.

MacLean showcased that creativity for 14 seasons in New Jersey on the way to becoming the team's all-time leading scorer with 347 goals. He'd ultimately finish with 413 career goals over 18 seasons before retiring in 2002.

Now, after serving as an assistant coach for the Devils for seven seasons and leading the club's AHL affiliate in Lowell to its only playoff appearance in four seasons as head coach last season, MacLean is hoping his offensive influence can help snap those playoff doldrums in New Jersey.

Renney expects strong effort from Oilers

Tuesday, 09.14.2010 / 10:00 AM / 2010-2011 Season Preview

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

"Turnarounds take time. They take a large degree of patience. If you try to miss steps along the way or force it, it could certainly become detrimental. Having said that, you'd be amazed at how fast it can happen if everybody's on the same page and you are paying attention to the detail and what's required."
-- Tom Renney

It's always an exciting time when one is named head coach of a National Hockey League team. But when Tom Renney was awarded the position with the Edmonton Oilers on June 22, the 55-year-old admitted it was a bittersweet day.

That's because Renney was selected to replace Pat Quinn, his good friend who guided the team to a League-worst record of 27-47-8 in 2009-10. Quinn was reassigned within the organization to the position of Senior Hockey Advisor, while Renney was promoted from associate coach to bench boss.

"Initially, I had some mixed emotions with it, having it happen the way it did," Renney told "I admire Pat. But the bottom line is I'm here and it's my turn and I'm ready to go."

Emotional journey for Boucher

Monday, 09.13.2010 / 10:00 AM / 2010-2011 Season Preview

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

"I don't think he's unorthodox. I think he's innovative."
-- Steve Yzerman on Guy Boucher

June 10, 2010 was, as expected, an emotional, heartfelt, whirlwind day for Guy and Marsha Boucher. Together for 13 years, hockey's newest coach and his engineer wife cried it out when the Tampa Bay Lightning officially brought him aboard.

"Really, it was an emotional time when I signed with Tampa," Boucher told "Everything we have seen over the years and have gone through together, it was rewarding for her as much as it was for me."
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