EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -Pat Quinn is out as coach of the Edmonton Oilers after finishing last in the NHL standings in his first season. Assistant coach Tom Renney has been promoted to be his replacement.
The Oilers say Tuesday that Quinn is moving into the front office as a senior adviser, making room for Renney - a former head coach of the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. Edmonton was 27-48-8 with Quinn behind the bench, 33 points below the playoff cutoff in the Western Conference.
Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini says a succession plan had been in place for Renney take over for Quinn, but added during a news conference Tuesday that the process was accelerated.
Quinn replaced fired coach Craig MacTavish on May 26, 2009. It was Quinn's first head coaching position since being dismissed by Toronto in 2006.