OKC Barons notebook: Is Todd Nelson a candidate in Edmonton?

by Ryan Aber Published: May 17, 2012

On the day the Barons looked to move forward in the playoffs, their parent club, the Edmonton Oilers, made a change in direction.

Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini informed coach Tom Renney on Thursday that he would not be retained.

Renney was hired by Edmonton in 2009-10 as an assistant to Pat Quinn, then stepped into the lead role when Quinn was reassigned the next season.

Barons coach Todd Nelson has been mentioned as a possible candidate with the Oilers after taking the Barons to the top spot in the Western Conference this season.

He was an assistant with the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers for two seasons before joining the Barons.

Earlier this week, Nelson said he thought he was prepared to be a head coach in the NHL but wanted to wait until after the season before entertaining the possibility.

The other strong candidate for the job appears to be Brent Sutter, who is coaching Team Canada in the world hockey championship. Oilers president Kevin Lowe is Team Canada's general manager.


1. Nicolas Deschamps, Toronto

Deschamps assisted on the Marlies' first goal, on a delayed penalty, and then scored the second to help put the Barons in a big hole early.

2. Ben Scrivens, Toronto

Scrivens turned away all 31 Barons shots for his second shutout of the playoffs.

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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