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    Will Oilers name Krueger new head coach early next week?

    Will Oilers name Krueger new head coach early next week?
    EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers will likely introduce Ralph Krueger as their new head coach early this week.

    With the entry draft over, a news conference to announce Krueger as the Oilers new bench boss should happen before July 1 when the free-agent marketplace opens for business.

    The 52-year-old Krueger knows the Oilers players better than any other coach out there after the team opted not to renew Tom Renney’s contract last month. He was head coach of the Swiss national team for more than a decade, including coaching the team at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

    Krueger, who grew up in Manitoba, would not have been on an NHL coaching roster without Renney hiring him as his associate coach.

    As he has often said, Krueger left the Swiss national team and planned on kicking back for a year to recharge his batteries when Renney called him. They had known each other from competing in various international tournaments.

    However, Krueger wasn’t Renney’s first choice. He wanted to hire longtime friend Don Hay, head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants, but Hay didn’t want to leave the WHL club. Krueger was a very good second pick.

    At his final meet-the-media gathering at Rexall Place, Renney said Krueger “absolutely” could be an NHL head coach.

    Other potential candidates for the Oilers head coaching opening included former Calgary Flames head coach Brent Sutter, who rei terated on Friday that he had not been contacted by the Oilers. This seems strange, considering Sutter’s availability and his experience coaching against the Oilers for three seasons in the Battle of Alberta.

    Sutter also coached Team Canada at the world hockey championship in Finland and Sweden last month, with Kevin Lowe, Oilers president of hockey operations, serving as the team’s general manager.

    And you can’t forget Jon Cooper, head coach of the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, a rising star after his team won the Calder Cup this spring.

    Cooper did speak to either Oilers GM Steve Tambellini or Lowe, but whether he had an in-person interview is not certain.

    A lawyer by trade, Cooper grew up in Prince George, B.C., and reportedly is also on the short list in Washington for the head coaching job after Dale Hunter quit following his team’s elimination from the playoffs.
    Source: Edmonton Journal

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    Strange that the Oilers have not even extended a call to Sutter.

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    Oilers Name Krueger Head Coach
    Ralph Krueger becomes the 11th head coach in Oilers history

    General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have named Ralph Krueger as the club’s new Head Coach.

    Krueger, 52, becomes the Oilers’ 11th Head Coach in club history after joining the team as an Associate Coach on July 30, 2010. He played a major role in the vast improvement of the Oilers’ special teams in 2011-12. Under his guidance, the powerplay was ranked 3rd overall in the NHL and the penalty-kill, 14th.

    Krueger, who was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, brings with him a wealth of experience as a Head Coach in Germany and Switzerland, in addition to leading the Oilers for five games with a 2-3-0 record last season.

    Prior to joining the Oilers, Krueger was most recently the Head Coach of the Swiss National Team. During his tenure from 1997-2010, he advanced the Swiss National Team Program from 15th to 7th in the IIHF World Rankings.

    Steve Tambellini says, “On hockey's world stage, Coach Krueger exhibited his poise and experience behind the bench to help the Suisse Team overachieve in Torino. This is an example of the type of leadership Ralph will bring to Edmonton.”

    He guided the team to a 6th place finish at the Olympics in 2006 and 4th in the World Championship in 1998. The Winnipeg native has participated in 12 World Championships and three Olympics.

    Krueger was also the General Manager and Head Coach of VEU Feldkirch in the Austrian 1st Division from 1991-1998. Under his leadership, they were a five-time Austrian Champion, three-time Alpenleague Champion and the 1998 European Champion.

    Krueger played his major junior hockey in the WCHL with New Westminster and Calgary before playing in the German 1st Division from 1979-1989. He was also part of the German National Team from 1981-1986 in which the he participated in the World Championship twice.

    Krueger, who wrote a German best-seller called “TEAMLIFE – Over Setbacks to Success”, has also served as a European Consultant with the Carolina Hurricanes from 2005 until 2010.
    Link: http://oilers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=636234


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