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Tom Renney has over five years of experience as an NHL head coach. ((Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press))

Tom Renney would obviously like to again be an NHL head coach one day, but he told Hockey Night in Canada Radio on Tuesday he didn't have think too hard about accepting a position as associate coach under Pat Quinn.

Renney, 54, said the tradition of the Oilers and the opportunity to work alongside Quinn and general manager Steve Tambellini were too good to pass up.

Renney and Quinn were officially introduced to the media on Tuesday.

"When [Tambellini] put forward the proposition of what the combination of people would be, it became very easy to suggest … I don't have a problem with being an associate coach at all," Renney said. "I liken it to pulling up to the gas pump and putting some gasoline in my career, if you will, and getting ready for another 100,000 miles."

Renney was let go as head coach of the New York Rangers in February. He led the Rangers to a 164-121-42 record and guided the team to the second round of the playoffs on two occasions.

He was a finalist for the Jack Adams award as NHL coach of the year in 2005-06 with New York.

Prior to that, Renney also coached the Vancouver Canucks from June 1996 through November 1997.

Despite being very experienced as the No. 1 man behind the bench, he predicted there wouldn't be a clash of egos or coaching styles with Quinn, who is even more experienced.

"Philosophically I don't think there will be much of a problem at all, but with respect to the job descriptions and how we apply ourselves beyond that, it's something we've yet to determine," he said.

Renney said one thing he and Quinn have in common is a desire to see a team play an aggressive puck-pursuit game.

"We both want it back quickly when he don't have it and from that point on, I think our attacking games are very, very similar," he said.

The trio of Renney, Quinn and Tambellini all worked with the Vancouver Canucks in the 1990s, and each has Hockey Canada experience as well.

Kelly Buchberger — an assistant last year under former head coach Craig MacTavish — will serve as resource to the incoming coaches, Renney said.

The task is great, as the Oilers haven't made the playoffs since reaching the Stanley Cup final in 2006, and several players underperformed last season.

Renney said all have to be ready to accept the challenge, and that it comes with a purpose.

"The bottom line is all they need to know is that you're trying to help them," he said. "If they want to be players, and winning players, they'll embrace that."