I didn't think he would be rattled, but former Rangers coach Tom Renney appeared a little nervous before his first appearance behind the visitor's bench since he was fired in February 2009.
"I'd be fibbing if i told you otherwise, but it's a healthy anxiety to say the least," said Renney, who is fourth on the team's all-time coaching list at 327 games and wins at 164, "it certainly gets you ready to coach. There's just good memories here, and very good people who gave me a chance to do some neat things, so I've got to make sure that I stay on the job here and stay real focused and identify with the task at hand, I owe it to my organization."
I walked in here, you've heard this from a million other people, just the whole environment, the smell, the feel, the way it looks, the synergy, how can you not...it's kind of like thinking about an old girlfriend. It's a pretty special place."
And you avoided the "asbestos" falling from the ceiling, I said.
"So far," he said. "We'll see what Slats has got planned. When you see that rope in his hands..." mimicing someone opening a trap door in the celing to allow more debris to fall on him.....
Asked about what he felt he left behind, Renney said: "I hope a little bit of humility, a competitive spirit, something to build off of, for the young people who are still here, some type of foundation, continued passion that needs to be there from everybody behind the bench, and anybody that's got anything to do with the organization. I know I left behind friends..."
And will this afternoon offer some type of closure? "Yeah, it does. I need this. Big time."
"I tried to do the right thing every day, tried to represent the whole organization as best I could, and represent openness and honesty and accessibility and give people a glimpse of the team through my eyes and mind....had some relative success, I guess. But I have a great situation in Edmonton. The ownership... is outstanding. I need to get this out of the way because I owe them 100 percent of my time, and I'm doing everything I possibly can to deliver on that today."