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Tom Renney takes blame
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12-22-2010, 11:10 AM
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Oh you guys kill me. The Jessiman pick was so bad and it really hurt this organization. Set it back years even. Demonstrated Renney's lack competence to judge talent as well as his decision making process. The 2003 draft was like shooting fish in a barrel and the Rangers had such a high pick, it was a gold opportunity. Everyone used to chastise Sather for screwing up that pick, now its Renney's fault and it doesn't change your opinion of him?
Shows me he made a very bad pick at a very bad time. Does it change me opinion of him? Not as a coach it doesn't. Or as a man.
As a coach, he restored a level of respectability to this team. He added youth to the lineup and was a large part of ending a 7 year playoff drought. And he did it all with grace and class.
I'm not going to defend the Jessiman pick. I can't. In fact, if you look this thread I talk about why it was a mistake. That one mistake doesn't change feelings about Renney as a coach. And it certainly doesn't change me mind when I felt that a coaching change was going to right this ship.
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