Today in practice, apparently Renney blew up on Hemsky. Details on all of this are sketchy still, but according to Tencer’s twitter: “Would be inappropriate to relay what Renney said to Hemsky during practice; underlying message was: ‘pls work a bit harder’”.
Quinn was asked about it in an interview and had this to say (quote taken from Oilers Nation):
Again, as a coach, you try to have… Our job is to help these guys get better. I mean, it really is. When you’re putting in an effort to try to help them be better and some guys don’t seem to value that effort that you’re making because they have their own habits or maybe they don’t need to practice that hard, they think in their minds game day is tomorrow, I’ll turn it on tomorrow.
They’re the guys who often kid themselves. Yes, they’ve got great talent, but, you know what? We’ve missed the playoffs (three) bloody years in a row and five of the last eight, so, at the end of the day, you’ve got to start saying, ‘Well, wait a minute. Talent is what?’ Talent is part of it, but we need a bigger package. How do you get the bigger package? Well, you ask people to work.
So what are your thoughts on this? MacTavish was heavily criticized for throwing players under the bus last year (namely Penner, Schremp and Nilsson). Does Quinn get a free pass on this? Does this validate what MacTavish was doing with other players? Or were MacTavish’s words out of desperation?
To me, I don’t mind the criticism too much, if it’s warranted (see throwing Schremp under the bus while he’s in Springfield as unwarranted). I was against MacTavish harping on Penner and Nilsson last year. In hindsight though, I think he was right about Nilsson, and partly right about Penner (yes, Penner didn’t have the same drive last year, but I don’t think MacTavish got the most out of him either). As for Quinn and Renney, I think their comments are valid as well. According to Robin Brownlee, Hemsky is the first to blow out of there at the end of the practice, and sounds like he agrees that his practice work ethics are few and far between. The only question now is how Hemsky responds to this. I don’t think he’s going anywhere, but I know that idea will run through some Oilers fans’ heads.