Ralph Krueger is an interesting cat. A man who played with both Bryan Lefley and Uwe Krupp must have a mountain of stories.
Krueger was born in Steinbach, Manitoba in August 1959. He played in Germany in 77-78 for Duisburger as a teenager and then played Canadian major junior in the WHL for Calgary and New Westminster. Krueger then had a long and successful playing career for Düsseldorfer EG. He gained international recognition as Switzerland’s head coach for various world championships and the 2010 Olympics. Jonathan Willis has a serious look at Krueger here
Based on what we read and are fed, Krueger certainly appears to be in the conversation for the head coaching job in Edmonton. I’d rank him just behind Brent Sutter in this horse race from what I’ve read and heard. I also think we should at least allow for the possibility of the Oilers repeating their own history and doing another Quinn/Renney with Sutter/Krueger.
I’m not certain Ralph Krueger is the best choice for the head coaching job. I understand he’s familiar with the team and do agree that he did a fine job in his interim run when Renney was convalescing. However, is that a strong enough resume? Is that seriously a better bet than an extension for Tom Renney?
I’m not certain Brent Sutter is the best choice for the head coaching job. I understand he’s highly thought of in many circles and got NJD to the playoffs, but his resume also includes an unimpressive run in Calgary. In speaking to Nations overlord Kent Wilson on Nation Radio this past weekend, I asked him for a thumbnail sketch of his coaching style. Kent’s description (power v power, traditional, rides veterans, not a huge group of young players developed) made me wonder just what the Oilers see in this coach. Where is the evidence that shows Sutter is a better option for the Oilers job than Renney? I don’t see it.
My basic point is this: the requirement for the next head coach of the Edmonton Oilers should be a superior resume than the one Tom Renney possesses. Is this true of either coach? Really?
I welcome your input.