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Sunday, January 1, 2012

OKC Barons Coach Todd Nelson To Replace Oilers' Tom Renney?

It was announced tonight that Oklahoma City Barons head coach Todd Nelson will coach the western conference AHL all-star team at the upcoming all-star game. Congrats to him. He's having a fantastic season thus far.

The 2012 AHL All-Star Classic is to be held on Jan. 29-30 in Atlantic City, N.J.

As of right now the Barons are 1st overall in the AHL standings with a record of 22-8-1-3 (48 points). That's pretty damn good.

Then there's the parent club Do we dare talk about the Oilers record right now? Good grief what a bad season.

Here's my idea. For all that Nelson has done for OKC, you'd have to think he's one of the first on the list to replace a sinking Tom Renney. The Renney era is coming to a close and why not roll with Nelson at the helm?

His first season he helped the Barons make the playoffs. This year, he's helping this team be champions.

I say if and when Tom Renney is fired. I'd take a long serious look at hiring Todd Nelson. He's earned a look.

-Written by Smokin' Ray Burnt-


  1. Is this really the coaches doing or is it the commitment of management creating a much stronger team than what we have seen in the past?

    They have spent money on the Barons and have a pretty deep prospects pool. This is a damn good roster.

  2. I agree with you Raine. The Oilers did spend more money and effort into creating a solid farm team this year. But some credit should be given to coach Nelson. He's done a lot to make this a cohesive team and they are playing well.

    But that doesn't mean squat in the case of the Oilers. 3 different coaches in the last 4 years and they still suck. Not really the coaches fault. But when changes need to be made, they usually axe the coaches.

  3. Nelson has done a great job! I am pleasantly surprised with the efforts of the Barons. Money spent, players brought in aside - you still need a good coach.


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