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    Re: Sabres poised to hire Krueger?

    He's been FO in euro soccer since 2016. You want to hope but it looks ....well..... kind of unhappily bizarre. He's a motivator. Ok, so anyway...we actually hired the chairman of a soccer club to coach.

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    Re: Sabres poised to hire Krueger?

    Let's hope Krueger works out.

    Part of me also thinks he might also be a caretaker coach, who can move into an upstairs position(director of hockey operations, perhaps?)when another coach candidate comes along. (Keep in mind that this is only a theory.)
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    Re: Sabres poised to hire Krueger?

    We hired Tony Robbin’s lesser know brother?

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    Re: Sabres poised to hire Krueger?

    Lot of people on Sabres Twitter like it.

    So its gonna suck.

    But I hear good things so I have hope

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    They are the worst team in hockey.

    Why not ? They'll still be 20-25 points out of the last playoff spot anyhow with this roster.

    The bar is set 6 feet below ground level. I'll give him a fair chance to build something with zero pressure.
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    Guy looks like he won’t take crap from anybody

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    In all fairness he did a great job with team Europe during the last World Cup.

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    Re: Sabres poised to hire Krueger?

    BUFFALO SABRES NAME RALPH KRUEGER HEAD COACH

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 15, 2019) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has hired Ralph Krueger as the 19th head coach in franchise history.


    “Throughout his career, Ralph has shown the ability to adapt to a variety of high-pressure environments while leading some of the world’s elite players,” Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said. “His strong communication skills, leadership and diverse background make him a uniquely qualified candidate to lead our team going forward.”


    Krueger’s most recent hockey experiences come in international competition. In 2014, he won a gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia as a consultant to Team Canada’s coaching staff. Most recently, he served as the head coach of Team Europe, who finished as runners up at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.


    “I am excited and honored to join the Buffalo Sabres family and will strive to maximize the potential that lies within this team,” Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Ralph Krueger said. “I look forward to building on the many positives that have been established within the organization and I am especially eager to get behind the bench and represent this passionate hockey city.”


    At the NHL level, Krueger was named head coach of the Edmonton Oilers prior to the 2012-13 season after spending the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns as the team’s associate coach. Prior to his time in Edmonton, Krueger served as a European Consultant for the Carolina Hurricanes from 2005 to 2010, capturing a Stanley Cup in 2006.


    Krueger began his coaching career during the 1991-92 season as head coach of VEU Feldkirch in the Austrian Hockey League, where he spent seven seasons and led the team to five consecutive championships (1994 to 1998). He spent the next 12 years as head coach of the Swiss national team, serving behind Switzerland’s bench for three Winter Olympic Games and 12 IIHF World Championships.


    A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Krueger recently spent over five seasons as the Chairman of Southampton Football Club, a soccer team that currently plays in England’s Premier League. During his tenure in England, Krueger helped guide Southampton to four consecutive top-eight finishes in England’s top league for the first time in the club’s 127-year history.

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    Re: Sabres poised to hire Krueger?

    If you all think a separate thread is appropo here by all means maybe a moderator could do that ....I just saw this it is official.

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    The more I read about this, the more excited I get. Word is skinner was waiting to hear who would coach. Now that gets done hopefully

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    I don’t know enough about this guy to really comment, but the skeptic in me wonders if this was the “safe” hire. They didn’t want someone who could be branded a retread after Nolan and Bylsma failed. They didn’t want someone completely green after Housley. Krueger is probably the only guy who can’t be painted into one of those categories.

    Regardless, it’s hard to overstate the importance of this hire. He’s gonna get two years unless it’s an epic disaster. If he goes after two years, Botterill goes with him and we will be starting a rebuild with a new GM and coach right as Eichel and Reinhardt enter their primes. If this is the wrong hire, it’ll be at least 5 years until this team wins. Sabres might be gunning for that 17 year drought the Bills had....

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    Re: Sabres poised to hire Krueger?

    Quote Originally Posted by OpIv37 View Post
    I don’t know enough about this guy to really comment, but the skeptic in me wonders if this was the “safe” hire. They didn’t want someone who could be branded a retread after Nolan and Bylsma failed. They didn’t want someone completely green after Housley. Krueger is probably the only guy who can’t be painted into one of those categories.

    Regardless, it’s hard to overstate the importance of this hire. He’s gonna get two years unless it’s an epic disaster. If he goes after two years, Botterill goes with him and we will be starting a rebuild with a new GM and coach right as Eichel and Reinhardt enter their primes. If this is the wrong hire, it’ll be at least 5 years until this team wins. Sabres might be gunning for that 17 year drought the Bills had....
    That's fair.

    He hired him knowing this is his last chance at hiring a coach who can win, so I guess taking his time was understandable.

    The popular coaching retreads previously mentioned did NOTHING for me. So there's that..

    Vanek was on the radio today saying he loves the guy FWIW. He gets his shot.

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    I think owning two professional sports franchises has become a bit much for one married couple...

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    Is it cool though? Hasn't doing things for the fans what got you into this mess in the first place?

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