Buffalo Sabers hired Ralph Krueger, who is expected to end eight years of drought, on Wednesday
. shortened season. He released the team from Skype after Oilers finished with 19-22-7.
Krueger has extensive coaching experience, including Swiss national team oversight at the Olympic Games Olympic Games in 2002, 2006 and 2010
"Throughout his career, Ralph has demonstrated the ability to adapt to a wide range of high pressure environments and leading world elite players" said Jason Botterill, CEO of Sabers. "His strong communication skills, leadership and diverse experience allow him to become the only qualified candidate to lead our team forward."
Krueger returned to the NHL last five years as the chairman of the Premier League Football Southampton FC. Krueger was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and since 1
He replaces Phil Housley, who was released after two seasons. Last season, Buffalo won only 16 final 57 games in 10 game winners in November.
At the end of the 13th East Conference, Sabers joined the 2016–17. Spend the off-season where they have won at least 10 live games.
The drought recovery drought stands as the longest running NHL sequence.
Krueger said he would "strive to maximize Sabers and" want to climb the stand and represent this passionate hockey city. "
Recruitment came when Botterill returned to Buffalo for many reading meetings this week. He worked in Slovakia, leading the Canadian national team competing in world championships.
Krueger's experience includes Team Europe coaching in the second world in 2016 He was also a special advisor to the Canadian national team when he won gold in 2014. In Sochi Games.
He is known as a hockey strategy novelty, evolving young talent and motivator. 2014 He wrote a book published in German called "Teamlife: Über Niederlagen zum Erfolg", which translates "Overcoming Luck to Success".
Krueger's hiring allows Bottery to pay attention to Saber's "imminent seasonal demand: a proposal to re-sign Jeff Skinner before coming to the free agents market on July 1st.
In August, Skinner was acquired with Carolina Hurricanes for last season's best career and team leaders in 40 goals
While Skinner and Sabers have started negotiating talks since January, the team has chosen to continue until the trainer search is completed. While cleaning up her locker in April, Skinner did not rule out re-signing with Sabers, but added she didn't want to rush into her decision.
Krueger became the fifth team coach since 2013 None of Ruff's substitutes lasted more than two seasons.
Sabers is one of the biggest segments of franchise history. They last took the last six seasons, and since 2007, when they lost their Ottawa senators at the Eastern Conference, they won a series of games.
Krueger inherits a team that lacks chemistry and has sought to rely on several talented youngsters, including Captain Jack Eichel and the first player selected last year, Rasmus Dahlin
. The manager also decided to be a bust after he decided to hire Housley.
Although Botterill said that the Buffalo collapse deserves to be shared between the players and himself, he added that it became obvious that the team did not respond to Housley. 19659002] "Unfortunately, the report didn't come," Botterill said, when one day after Sabers finished his season, he dismissed the coach
Housley's biggest failure was the inability to get Sabers to adapt to a creative, high-tempo style that was based on defenses jumping to
Associated Press contributed to this report