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Center Ice roundup: Tom Renney, Dwayne Roloson and Dean Chynoweth

 -- Tom Renney has always shown himself to be a good man, and he was nothing but complimentary when I spoke to him last week. About his old team, his new team, about everything.

 

That said, he definitely wanted to show his old bosses he’s still a good coach on Sunday. It didn’t quite work out that way.

 

His Oilers have some things going for them. Taylor Hall, of course, and their 2009 top-5 pick, Magnus Paajaarvi. But their veteran defense pair is Ryan Whitney and former Ranger Jason Strudwick, so giving up eight goals twice in a week shouldn’t be all that surprising.

 

Let’s hope the Oilers front office is in this for the long haul, one that includes Renney and his even-handed manner (good for the young guys) and, quite likely, a second straight No. 1 overall pick.

 

-- The Islanders came stumbling back from California with a point, at least, but a winless streak now at 10 games. Scott Gordon made a move -- out of desperation, you’d think -- to go with Dwayne Roloson in net the last five games.

 

It produced one point, of course, so it hasn’t exactly turned the tide. But Rick DiPietro, who will likely start on Wednesday at the Coliseum against the Lightning, had been too rusty to rely on for alternating starts.

 

That may go against the Islanders’ organizational thinking, since DiPietro is the one that will be here next season and beyond, while Roloson no doubt will be entertaining free-agent offers elsewhere if he isn’t traded before the deadline should things continue this way here.

 

But the Islanders need wins, and there’s no more time for Gordon to stick to his preseason plan.

 

-- And just for interest’s sake, here’s a very nice NHL.com feature on Dean Chynoweth and his father, Ed, the long-time president of the Western Hockey League. Ed Chynoweth was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame two years ago, just a few months after his death.


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