Ok so the NHL isn't that popular anymore and most of you have no idea who Tom Renney even is. Let me fill you in real quick. Tom Renney is the current coach of the New York Rangers and has held such position since the waning days of the 2003-2004 NHL season. Now that you know who he is, your asking yourself "What has this guy done to get fired"? Well on the surface, he has done nothing that would put his job in jeopardy. In fact he has done quite the opposite, which might explain why he still has a job. Since taking over in game 60 of the 2003-2004 season, Renney has led the team to a 111-71-22 record which looks very impressive, especially considering what the historic Rangers looked like before his arrival. In the 2005-2006 season he even led the team to its first playoff appearance since Wayne Gretzky's last season of 1997-1998, a 4-0 sweep by the Devils in the first round. He one upped himself in 06-07 by sweeping the Thrashers and coming within seconds of a probable defeat of the Buffalo Sabres and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals (With 7.7 seconds left Chris Drury ended those dreams, but thats another story. Thanks Chris). So by this point you are thoroughly confused, as I have yet to put a chink in his shiny armor. In fact I may have even busted out the Brasso and made it shinier. So let me tell you why this would be hero, MUST GO!
- Lack of Control over the team
It still amazes me how a man can lead a team to such greatness without any say in his teams game to game activities. It is Jaromir Jagr who runs this team, not Tom Renney and we need a coach who can stand up to this man. Sure he is one of the best to ever lace up a pair of skates, and he has two Stanley Cup Titles under his belt, but he is still a player. Jagr's pass, pass, pass, pass, think about shooting, pass, pass, than pass some more system is crippling this team and Renney is doing nothing to stop it. Its been going on since Jagr first came to the team after the lockout. On some nights in the Garden the passing gets so bad on the Power Play that the Blueshirt Faithful begin to chant "Shoot the Puck!, Shoot the Puck!". Tom Renney has acknowledged that this is a problem probably hundreds of times in the last 3 seasons, yet nothing has been done about it. Jaromir isn't going anywhere, as all he has to do is score 84 points this season and he is guaranteed another year with the Rangers. This team can't survive another day under this system, so if Jagr doesn't go, Renney must get the axe, replaced by perhaps one of the Sutter boys, or anyone with the nerve to stand up to Jagr.
- Lack of Team Discipline and Consequences for mistakes
Another recurring problem under the Renney system is players being allowed to pretty much do whatever they want play wise, with no reprocussions from the coaching staff. Players go out on the ice and take as many bad penalties as they want, and NOTHING happens to them. In the last four games the Rangers have been down two men at least once, and two of those 5-3s were caused by a Michael Rosival penalty while already a man down. Has Rosival lost any playing time as a result of his sloppy play? No. Marcel Hossa is also guilty of one of the penalties while down a man, along with another 3 hooking penalties late in the last few games. Has Hossa seen the splinters in his rear increase? NO! Tom Renney clearly has no clue what a sound hockey team looks like and its time to find someone who does.
- No Consistency from the team and Constant Line changes
In one stretch of the 06-07 season, the Rangers lost seven consecutive games where they had a lead of 2 goals going into the third period. One of the reasons I believe this was happening was the lack of team Chemistry. While there hasn't been a real good example of it since than, Tom Renney still changes his Forward lines like John Kerry changes his story. How are three players supposed to learn each others abilities and grow that almost "Sixth Sense" among each other that is so necessary for a winning hockey team, when they have different line mates every other game? And why suddenly am I seeing a third line out on the ice that consists of two 22 year old forwards, a 25 year old forward and a 21 year old defenseman? Is this the All-Junior team or the NHL? Pick any 20 games from Tom Renney's tenure with the Rangers (All from one season of course). Now look at the lines from those games. Odds are your looking at 15 different line arrangements in 20 games. Now of course it takes time to set lines in place and juggling them from time to time is good, but 15 arrangements in 20 games? Bye Bye Tom. Nice Knowing Ya!