Oilers hire Fleming

The Edmonton Oilers have a rich and deep coaching staff today with the addition of Wayne Fleming. Already solid at the position with Pat Quinn and Tom Renney, the addition of Fleming means this club is going to have men of exceptional experience overseeing this group all winter. Also, it gives Kelly Buchberger another mentor in what has become a series of brilliant career moves for the man with a heart as big as all outdoors.

He also looks a little like Merv Griffin and the Oilers now have the recent Jaromir Jagr coaching tree covered.

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13 Responses to "Oilers hire Fleming"

  1. bookie says:

    I Like the gray hair of this bunch, and not siver fox MacT gray…just gray. I think it bodes well for coaching.

  2. oil dude says:

    How many total NHL games of coaching experience does our staff have now?

    One thing that will make this years BoA interesting is that the Flames coaching staff has a grand total of 164 NHL games behind the bench :)

  3. raventalon40 says:

    Except for Buchberger, who doesn't have any hair.

  4. TorontOil says:

    Except for Buchberger, who doesn't have any hair.

    Do hair plugs count?

  5. raventalon40 says:

    I want to say partly, but when it comes to matters of hair, you're either hairy or you're not.

  6. Racki says:

    Good pick up in Fleming. He seems to have a wealth of experience internationally and at the NHL level. I think it's also impressive that Jagr recruited Fleming to coach Omsk. So sounds like we've got quite the super crew going here. At the very least, we have enough people to get a good conference call going to beg Jagr to play here ;)

  7. NBOilerFan says:

    Racki said…
    At the very least, we have enough people to get a good conference call going to beg Jagr to play here ;)

    Perhaps we can make a trade with Avangard Omsk to free up cap space to acquire Jagr? How bout Staios, Moreau and Nilsson for Jagr?

    ;D

    Flemming seems like another good pick-up for this coaching group. I think that is Tambellini's plan, no player changes… just one hell of a coaching system.

  8. Bruce says:

    Surprised by the lack of commentary about this move. Another solid career coach with Team Canada pedigree joins the ranks. More importantly still …

    he isn't Ricky Ley.

  9. Master Lok says:

    Agree with Bruce.

    1) He isn't Ley.

    2) Solid signing – wealth of experience.

    3) At this rate, we're going to have more experience and bodies in the coaching room than in the press box.

  10. Oilmaniac says:

    "Perhaps we can make a trade with Avangard Omsk to free up cap space to acquire Jagr? How bout Staios, Moreau and Nilsson for Jagr?"

    Hahaha, that was great…

  11. uni says:

    I don't know much about Wayne Fleming. Hopefully he can take away the bitter taste of Charlie Huddy signing on with Dallas to work with their D.

    That is unless, of course, Huddy is still an Oiler through and through and was only 'let go' and signed on with Dallas so he could ruin their increasingly youth oriented defence corp for years to come.

  12. raventalon40 says:

    The day the NHL and the KHL can make trades with each other I will have to reconsider my hockey fandom.

  13. spOILer says:

    Bit of a surprise, but a great hiring even if he does have some Flamer taint to him.

    As for the Jagr connection…

    It has become increasingly obvious that Jagr will not be here come September despite the multitudes that keep chanting the possibility. As I have pointed out all along, he maintains he is committed to fulfilling his KHL contract.

    But if Omsk misses the playoffs… gotta think parachuting in a Jagr is a definite possibility.

    Okay, now that we're collecting head coaches like we used to collect captains, what's next?

    And if the Oil miss the playoffs again this year, will MacT be exonerated? Because surely the cause would have to have been something other than coaching.

    What did Joe Torre say when asked why his record was so awful prior to the Yankees when compared to his tenure in NY?

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