According to reports from TSN’s Bob McKenzie, and SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Buffalo Sabres are honing in on hiring Ralph Krueger as their next head coach.
The 59-year-old is set to become the 19th coach in franchise history. Krueger was the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers in 2012-2013, taking the team to a 19-22-7 record during the lockout-shortened season. At the conclusion of the season Craig MacTavish was hired as the team’s general manager. MacTavish fired Krueger and hired Dallas Eakins.
Krueger also coached the Swiss National Team from 1997-2010. He also helped lead Team Europe to the goald medal game in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Team Canada defeated Team Europe in the best-of-three series.
In the 1970’s Krueger played in the German Bundesliga, tallying 187 goals and 186 assists in 350 games.
Most recently, he was the director of the English Premiere League team Southampton since 2014. Kruege worked as an aide to club owner Katharina Liebherr.
Krueger is also known for his motivational speaking career. According to the Edmonton Journal, Krueger “places team spirit above individual success and details the philosophy in his autobigraphical self-help book Teamlife: From Failure to Success.“