KRUEGER NEW COACH, MC TOMORROW

Bob McKenzie tweeted moments ago that the Oilers are expected to announce a new coach tomorrow. BM also said it is expected to be Ralph Krueger.

I like the Krueger choice on a couple of levels. It isn’t the old boys network at work (God knows we saw enough of that in Toronto today with the HHOF announcements) and the coach is familiar to the players. Krueger also held certain veterans accountable during his brief time in the hotseat when Renney took a rubber bullet to the brainery last season.

The major issues for Krueger will be to:

  1. find six defensemen amongst the men employed by the Oilers to play the position.
  2. get more out of veterans in tough minutes roles
  3. convince the management to acquire a quality backup goaltender.
  4. keep those gifted kids developing.
  5. win enough games in order to be a possible buyer at the deadline.

It’s a long list for a new coach–and #5 is a massive reach–but I think expectations should be high. The Oilers seem to be stepping a little more expertly these days and the verbal from management appears to be marching in lock step with actual need.  We’ll be able to party like idiots if this management group acquires at least one upright defenseman (without trading Tom Gilbert at the same time) in the next 7 days.

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  1. Woodguy says:

    Krueger benched Jones for being a basket case in his own zone.

    I love the man.

  2. bookje says:

    I don’t know enough to have an opinion, but in my opinion, it’s a good choice.

  3. Dave Casselman says:

    A very very good choice. He’ll make the club better, he’ll make the players accountable, and he’ll make them earn their ice time. He knows as much about hockey as anyone out there, he’ll blend European with North American, and the players will respect him. Watch out NHL, the Oil is coming, we’re 3 years away from a Cup final.

  4. bookje says:

    Wait, is Gretzky retiring?

  5. art vandelay says:

    we’re 3 years away from a Cup final.

    I’ll take that bet.

  6. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy:
    Krueger benched Jones for being a basket case in his own zone.

    I love the man.

    HATER! Have to admit that was a damn good day.

  7. franksterra says:

    Given the recent Oilers draft pick-gate in the media, I’m reluctant to take the big bob bait…but if it’s true I’m very happy. I hope he can choose his own assistants too.

    And join us Justin.

  8. franksterra says:

    LT, how does he go about item #3?

  9. Lowetide says:

    franksterra:
    LT, how does he go about item #3?

    It is his ass on the line as of tomorrow. Bleeding out like last season is not an option, or shouldn’t be.

  10. BlacqueJacque says:

    You know these past few years, it was easy to tell who the real fans of the team are. Whether supportive, critical, analytical or emotional, panicked or calm, we were here. Gentlemen, despite any disagreements we might have had in the past, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you all.

    When in the future someone reads the record books or the wikipedia page for the Oilers, I hope that these dark five years will be seen as a headscratcher, an exception to what is otherwise a successful record in the NHL. Yet, I enjoyed them nevertheless.

    We shall remember ourselves as the old guard, those who were here discussing such optimistic topics as the tenure of Erik Cole or the unfortunate visit of Patty O. 25th overall, 21st overall, 30th overall, 30th overall, 29th overall. I do not believe there is a bleaker 5-year period in modern history. Certainly not a 3-year.

    Now the sun rises and the darkest night is over. Something is brewing, and it may be special. Certainly the potential for a surprise success is here this coming season, but it is almost a guarantee that we will significantly improve and this will be reflected in the standings. With that, will come a generation we’ll refer to as the newcomers. Either they were lurkers, or simply didn’t talk much, or didn’t care to waste their time following a losing team, they will appear as our young squad gains some measure of respectability.

    Of course, these shall be considered widely preferable to the last group that may arrive, those whose arrival comes only with great success: the bandwagon jumpers.

    So it is with great pleasure that I look forward to our last summer together.

    Thank you for this blog, LT, and thank you everyone who contributes to it via the comments.

  11. bookje says:

    franksterra:
    Given the recent Oilers draft pick-gate in the media, I’m reluctant to take the big bob bait…but if it’s true I’m very happy.I hope he can choose his own assistants too.

    And join us Justin.

    These types ad leaks are both intentional and pretty reliable.

  12. spoiler says:

    How does Sundin beat out Shanny? And next year’s HOF class is one of the best ever. It stinks of someone pulling strings knowing that Sundin would be left out in the cold, if he didn’t make it this year.

  13. oilswell says:

    According to Wikipedia ATM, Krueger is already the Oilers Head coach:

    Ralph Krueger (born August 31, 1959 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a German-Canadian ice hockey coach from Steinbach, Manitoba, currently serving as the Head Coach for the Edmonton Oilers, of the National Hockey League (NHL).

    Bet you never thought that would be the leak source! Maybe Wiki makes things happen!

    BRB, off to edit former GM Kevin Lowe’s entry….

    (seriously though: is he really the acting head coach?)

  14. Downright Fierce says:

    Terry Jones’ twitter with the hammer:
    Ralph Krueger will be press conferenced Wednesday morning as the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

  15. asiaoil says:

    I’m fine with Krueger – like the background, like the man, like the results in limited viewing. But for pete’s sake let the guy pick his own assistants like any other sensible org and quit denver booting our head coaches with crap like Smith and Bucky.

  16. franksterra says:

    Lowetide: It is his ass on the line as of tomorrow. Bleeding out like last season is not an option, or shouldn’t be.

    He might have to smack ST around to get a drink at the tables then.

    RK….Moe?

  17. Lowetide says:

    Krueger’s background is just really interesting. WG has been prattling on :-) about it for awhile but I’m never invested until things are sure–why read about it if he ends up getting dumped?

    I badly want him to tell us about the defense and getting Horcoff some help at C.

  18. spoiler says:

    Downright Fierce:
    Terry Jones’ twitter with the hammer:
    Ralph Krueger will be press conferenced Wednesday morning as the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

    Sweet. Now send him to Schultz’s summer hideaway.

  19. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide: HATER! Have to admit that was a damn good day.

    Guilty as charged.

    The players were saying that Krueger’s drills were different than any they had experienced before and very skilled base.

    Right coach for this group.

  20. scobes says:

    oilswell,

    I literally read his wiki page 15 min before I read the post. It said associate. Refreshed the page and it changed.

  21. sliderule says:

    If Bucky and Smith are his assistants its just same old same old

  22. Traktor says:

    Considering Edmonton management hired him I’m pretty sure he is a poor choice.

  23. D says:

    I think he did a very good job when Renney was away. Good pick for head coach. BTW, NHL.com is now reporting the story. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=636191

  24. nelson88 says:

    Like the man and the choice.

    Will also provide a nice transition from the over done moaning and bitching about taking coke machines in a very weak 2012 draft to the jubilation (or moaning) of schultz on july 1st.

    Speaking of drafts. 2013 looks very strong and with the gong show going on in duck land the oilers should have a very early and valuable 2nd round bargaining chip to go with their 14th overall selection ;)

  25. Gret99zky says:

    With his neck on the line Tambi had better give Ralph everything he needs to stay out of the lottery.

    Including his own assistants. Unless Ralph has grown to like Bucky and The Duke.

  26. Ryan says:

    Didn’t have time to comment on the Smyth thread, but it’s a rare issue that I disagree wholeheartedly with LT about. I’m on Woodguy’s side on that issue. And I did watch the 2006 sc playoffs live at Rexall….
    All of the games in Edmonton in some pretty incredible seats for that matter. For free actually…. One of my friends who was a season ticket holder had broken up with his gf right before the playoffs. I still remember asking him why all of the women sitting around us were so beautiful, without dates, and all had matching Luis Vuitton purses. It was the Oilers wives/ gf section. Ah the memories of 2006….
    All that being said, I do like Ryan Smyth. It really boils down to the question of how much dollars/term do you give a 36 year old player.
    As I said before, Selanne is the stratosphere at 1 year $4m coming off a 30 goal / 80 point season. Anything approaching that number is just batshit crazy.
    If Smyth wants 2 years at $4m per, he needs to stop hitting the pipe.

    As for Kruger, my only comment is this: http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/hockey/story/2010/02/18/spo-hockey-canada-switzerland.html

  27. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Lowetide: It is his ass on the line as of tomorrow. Bleeding out like last season is not an option, or shouldn’t be.

    As delicately as possible… I’d like to underline the unfortunate convergence of “ass” and “bleeding out” at work here.

  28. slopitch says:

    I like the choice. I read about him a couple weeks ago and I have not problem rolling the dice on him. His resume brings a lot more intangibles then x’s and o’s and he was in charge of our PP and it was great. Without much “truculence” we’re gonna need to be able to punish on the man advantage.

    Curious about the timing. Isn’t Justin Schultz making up his mind tomorrow? Tomorrow could be a pretty good day.

    Why is everything about Justin Schultz? Im so over hyping this guy its almost like Id be more excited if we got him then Suter lol

  29. kinger_OIL says:

    It’s amazing that Ralph Kruger, who was replaced as coach of the Swiss team: two years later, might become an NHL coach. Its even more amazing for those you know that Pat Quinn rang up Sean Simpson (lots of World Cup time together), and asked him if he wanted to be an assistant-coach for the OIL, and Sean declined because he had just signed the multi-year contract and wanted to take the Swiss through to the Olympics, stability, etc. Sean suggested to Quinn that Ralph was looking for a job, then boom: Ralph goes from no job to assistant coach to probable head-coach. I’m not saying Ralph is a good coach or a bad coach, or that he will be a good head coach or bad head coach, I’m just saying that knowing what I know, it appears strange that the best coach for the OIL today would be an out-of-work Swiss based guy two years ago…

  30. gogliano says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: As delicately as possible… I’d like to underline the unfortunate convergence of “ass” and “bleeding out” at work here.

    That had me in hysterics.

  31. Ryan says:

    slopitch,

    Well, I’m sure Js has already made up his mind. That and he can’t actually sign until Sunday.

    Yeah, if Krueger can play the 2010 Team Canada Olympic roster to a shoot out, I’m okay with giving him a chance. Luck? Sample size? I don’t think you can reasonably make those counter arguments… Look at that ridiculous roster: http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/69669/la_id/1.htm

    I think it’s probably fair to say that the 2010 team Canada Olympic team is the best roster of players to ever pull the same jersey over their heads.

  32. hockeyguy10 says:

    sliderule:
    If Bucky and Smith are his assistants its just same old same old

    Maybe you can explain how Smith did such a bad job? Seems to me
    Smid and Petry have progressed nicely with Smith. Penalty kill is better.
    Just because he has been given little to work with ie Barker doesn’t make
    him a bad coach. All Bucky does is skate with the extras and p/u coffee.

  33. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    slopitch,

    “Curious about the timing. Isn’t Justin Schultz making up his mind tomorrow? Tomorrow could be a pretty good day.”

    I think the story is that he is allowed to speak to teams tomorrow in the open… but he has to wait until the 1st to actually sign a deal anywhere

  34. bookje says:

    kinger_OIL:
    It’s amazing that Ralph Kruger, who was replaced as coach of the Swiss team: two years later, might become an NHL coach.Its even more amazing for those you know that Pat Quinn rang up Sean Simpson (lots of World Cup time together), and asked him if he wanted to be an assistant-coach for the OIL, and Sean declined because he had just signed the multi-year contract and wanted to take the Swiss through to the Olympics, stability, etc.Sean suggested to Quinn that Ralph was looking for a job, then boom: Ralph goes from no job to assistant coach to probable head-coach. I’m not saying Ralph is a good coach or a bad coach, or that he will be a good head coach or bad head coach, I’m just saying that knowing what I know, it appears strange that the best coach for the OIL today would be an out-of-work Swiss based guy two years ago…

    Any sources or are you just making all of this up?

  35. sliderule says:

    Hockeyguy10

    I didn’t like Smith hiring last year.

    As he had very little if any experience as a coach it seems we hired him because he was an ex oiler.

    I felt Renney was assigned his assistants and if they do the same with Krueger it’s same old same old.

  36. LMHF#1 says:

    Please for the love of gawd change the assistants.

  37. Lowetide says:

    Jeremie Blain gets an invite to the Canucks development camp as per Guy Flaming/Pipeline Show.

  38. Ryan says:

    Any truth to the rumors that the former SMB wanted Murray and that Katz vetoed the decision?

  39. DSF says:

    In other news.

    Shane Doan has opted for free agency.

    Now?

  40. DSF says:

    Mark Spector Sports ‏@SportsnetSpec

    No one has stuck with Phoenix franchise longer than Shane Doan. If he opts for UFA, is that a hint the ‘Yotes days are numbered?

  41. bookje says:

    I heard that Tambellini, MacT and Lowe wanted to hire Brent Sutter, but that Daryl Katz overruled them and made them hire Krueger.

  42. bookje says:

    Ryan:
    Any truth to the rumors that the former SMB wanted Murray and that Katz vetoed the decision?

    No, I keep telling you it was Katz’ kid, now stop asking this in every online Oilers forum.

  43. hockeyguy10 says:

    sliderule:
    Hockeyguy10

    I didn’t like Smith hiring last year.

    As he had very little if any experience as a coach it seems we hired him because he was an ex oiler.

    I felt Renney was assigned his assistants and ifthey do the same with Krueger it’s same old same old.

    So you want Smith done because you don’t like him. Not because he has done a bad job,which he hasn’t given the players he has had to work with.

  44. bookje says:

    kinger_OIL,

    I think its worth noting that Ralph Krueger announced his resignation about a year before resigning. It seems strange to call that ‘being removed’.

  45. Maestro Fresh Mess says:

    I like the hire. I have no idea if it will work out, but Freddy Krueger is just too interesting to pass up.

    Steve “SHOOOOT!!” Smith seemed to do a good job as defensive coach. Bucky isn’t going anywhere.

    Hopefully Freddy can bring in his own right hand man as 1st mate.

    If Lowe has the final say, look for Charlie Huddy to be hired as associate coach.

    Interesting that both the Caps and oilers passed on Cooper. Is there something about him that triggers warning alarms during interviews?

  46. Woodguy says:

    Maestro Fresh Mess:
    I like the hire.I have no idea if it will work out,but Freddy Krueger is just too interesting to pass up.

    Steve “SHOOOOT!!” Smith seemed to do a good job as defensive coach.Bucky isn’t going anywhere.

    Hopefully Freddy can bring in his own right hand man as 1st mate.

    If Lowe has the final say, look for Charlie Huddy to be hired as associate coach.

    Interesting that both the Caps and oilers passed on Cooper.Is there something about him that triggers warning alarms during interviews?

    I doubt Cooper is sending off any warning bells other than “I win, I win”

    He’s newish, it takes those guys time.

  47. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    DSF:
    Mark Spector Sports ‏@SportsnetSpec

    No one has stuck with Phoenix franchise longer than Shane Doan. If he opts for UFA, is that a hint the ‘Yotes days are numbered?

    I would have guessed the opposite. A move to a more hockey friendly town and bigger hockey market after all those years… but staying with the same team seems pretty attractive.

  48. Bar_Qu says:

    bookje:
    kinger_OIL,

    I think its worth noting that Ralph Krueger announced his resignation about a year before resigning.It seems strange to call that ‘being removed’.

    You forget that Swiss employment law requires 365 notice to employers before quitting. This prevents hasty, emotion-laden decision making when changing employers. Kruger was merely adhering to local custom.

    I’m wondering which Edmonton custom he will adhere to first – taking the gas for the bad roster or getting sent to coach AAA in Moosonee when he calls out the management.

  49. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Woodguy: I doubt Cooper is sending off any warning bells other than “I win, I win”

    He’s newish, it takes those guys time.

    That sounds right.

    There are only 30 jobs. How many actually go vacant in an year? not many.

    how many of those jobs get filled by the same rotating cast of characters? most of them.

  50. DSF says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: I would have guessed the opposite. A move to a more hockey friendly town and bigger hockey market after all those years… but staying with the same team seems pretty attractive.

    That might be true unless Quebec is the destination for the Coyotes.

    Remember how Doan was roasted by the Quebecois?

  51. Jarad says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    Long time lurker, jolted out of the shadows by this post. Probably the last post you’ll see from me in a long time, if ever, but I’m sure there are a lot of lurkers out there who are fans as much as the rest of y’all. Don’t judge users by their registration date: if they’ve been a part of this era, you will know from talking to them, as I’m sure no one will forget this period if they were around for it.

  52. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    DSF: That might be true unless Quebec is the destination for the Coyotes.

    Remember how Doan was roasted by the Quebecois?

    That was a sorry incident… but it struck me as opportunistic pandering by politicians not an actual grievance by french speaking hockey fans.

    At any rate, I guess it’s possible the team is slated to go back to Quebec, Doan knows about it, doesn’t want to go there and that’s why he’s putting himself out there….

    but that is a lot of unsupported speculation, no?

  53. kinger_OIL says:

    Bookje: Yeah, my source is Sean Simpson himself, or anyone of a number players on the swiss national team. I know I don’t post like all you guys, because the the last one I did was when this site was comparing MacT to Lander, in terms of hopefully being an integral part of a winning team, and I argued that MacT was a role player who did his job well, but wasn’t a difference maker.So don’t get pissy and ask who my sources are. Now I know that kind of information is hard for a bunch of locals to access, but its pretty simple stuff to make a few calls and figure out. Even without knowing the exact reason for why he joined the OIL, that wasn’t the point: who knows, maybe Kruger ends up being great, but it is amazing that he goes from no job, to assistant coach for a last place hockey team, to being promoted to their head coach, having never coached in the NHL before…Thats just a critical analysis of the events. I know this is a fan(atical) site… Coaches are over-rated anyways generally (BUT NOT ALWAYS). Slats was a legend, coach of Canada Cup, etc, then a bum in NY, as was Muckler in Edmonton before being a bum in Buffalo who couldn’t get out of the 1st round and NYR, before getting fired.

  54. PDO says:

    Traktor:
    Considering Edmonton management hired him I’m pretty sure he is a poor choice.

    As much as I do like this hire (Cooper was the only other guy I was really interested in); that’s hilarious. Well played.

  55. Ducey says:

    but that is a lot of unsupported speculation, no?

    DSF is french shorthand for unsupported. Most of his attempts to cut the Oilers are unsupported by any facts or anyone.

    I like the Krueger selection. He is a longtime coach who can coach mulitple ways. Add in the motivational speaker aspect and he seems like a great hire.

    I like his hire more than Oates in WASH who appears to have just 3 years assistant coaching experience.

    Interesting that Oates got the job instead of Cooper.

  56. PDO says:

    Kinger_Oil,

    You mean to tell me that people are able to get jobs through networking?

    Wow.

    Riveting stuff.

    That happens every day, in every line of work, and well… is just completely irrelevant to Kruger’s value as a coach.

  57. kinger_OIL says:

    PDO:
    Kinger_Oil,

    You mean to tell me that people are able to get jobs through networking?

    Wow.

    Riveting stuff.

    That happens every day, in every line of work, and well… is just completely irrelevant to Kruger’s value as a coach.

    PDO – What are you referencing? Networking? Not sure what you are reading, or talking about. I wasn’t looking at Kruger’s value as a coach. He is an unconventional hire: out of work, not in North American Hockey, to assistant coach on last place team, to head coach. Hope it works out.

  58. Doug McLachlan says:

    Curious to see who he keeps, brings in to assist.

    Then he’s off in the Batjet to see if he can devise a strategy to break down the Newport defence and get Hall and Nuge into Schultz’s head.

    So at what point on Wednesday do we declare the Kruger era an abject failure for failing to secure a Badger?

  59. bookje says:

    kinger_OIL: PDO – What are you referencing?Networking?Not sure what you are reading, or talking about.I wasn’t looking at Kruger’s value as a coach. He is an unconventional hire: out of work, not in North American Hockey, to assistant coach on last place team, to head coach.Hope it works out.

    You keep saying ‘out of work’ like the guy was living in a box.
    By your logic Bill Gates is ‘out of work’. The path from the international position to assistant coach was the uncommon jump, but from assistant to head coach – pretty standard.

  60. PDO says:

    bookje: You keep saying ‘out of work’ like the guy was living in a box.By your logic Bill Gates is ‘out of work’

    Yeah… glad to see it’s not just me who reads that as a cut down.

  61. PDO says:

    kinger_OIL: PDO – What are you referencing?Networking?Not sure what you are reading, or talking about.I wasn’t looking at Kruger’s value as a coach. He is an unconventional hire: out of work, not in North American Hockey, to assistant coach on last place team, to head coach.Hope it works out.

    When you’re saying he was “out of work” and “assistant on a last place team,” it certainly looks like you’re framing him negatively.

    Perhaps unintentionally? You mentioned locals before and are saying your source is the current Swiss HC; fair to assume English may be your second language?

  62. Ryan says:

    kinger_OIL,

    Not sure if I follow all of your logic or if it is factually correct that Krueger was replaced (vs. resigned from The Swiss team.). He did coach the Swiss for 13 years.

    For fun let’s look at Kruger vs. Canada–since that’s a pretty fair comp in terms of rosters (sarcasm).

    1998: Swiss 4 / Canada 6 – Kruger wins
    1999: Canada 4 / Swiss8
    2000: Canada 4 / Swiss 6
    2001: Canada 5 / Swiss 9
    2002: Canada 1 / Swiss 11
    2003: Canada 1 / Swiss 8
    2004: Canada 1 / Swiss 8
    2005: Canada 2 / Swiss 8
    2006: Swiss 6 / Canada 7 – Kruger wins
    2007: Canada 1 / Swiss 8
    2008: Canada 2 / Swiss 7
    2009: Canada 2 / Swiss 9
    2010: Canada 1 / Swiss 8

    Okay, not much to glean from all of the time I wasted looking this up…

    Consider that during Kruger’s years coaching the Swiss, they only had 5 players who ever played over 100 career NHL games and two are goalies.

    Patrick Fisher is the top Swiss forward skater to ever play in the NHL (gp 27- 4-6-10)

    I think what the Oilers decided is that Kruger’s their man because he has 13 years coaching experience of a shitty and overpowered roster, and that doesn’t include the additional two years under Renney…

    Who else has more experience than Krueger at taking a knife to a gun fight? Lol..

  63. bookje says:

    PDO: When you’re saying he was “out of work” and “assistant on a last place team,” it certainly looks like you’re framing him negatively.

    Perhaps unintentionally?You mentioned locals before and are saying your source is the current Swiss HC; fair to assume English may be your second language?

    If that’s the case, I take back any criticism – it came across as quite negative – perhaps that was not the intent.

  64. kinger_OIL says:

    PDO: Yeah… glad to see it’s not just me who reads that as a cut down.

    forest for the trees boys

  65. rickithebear says:

    Ryan: to me: Krueger
    Swiss against canada in Olympics
    1W-1OTL
    Against russia 2W-6L-1T
    Against USA 1W-3L-1T
    50% of the time he is getting points.
    and look at he scores
    Competitive 2/3 of the time.

  66. cabbiesmacker says:

    Top 5 reasons for Justin Schultz to sign with Edmonton:

    1) NHL’s top shoulder surgery team on standby

    2) Excellent Taylor Hall / RNH leftovers potential

    3) Amass 35 points in first 2 years – renegotiate for 10 years at $9M per

    4) Dibs on front row hay bale at Lowe / Burke brouhaha

    5) First year pro? Top 2 dman!

  67. Ryan says:

    rickithebear:
    Ryan: to me: Krueger
    Swiss against canada in Olympics
    1W-1OTL
    Against russia 2W-6L-1T
    Against USA 1W-3L-1T
    50% of the time he is getting points.
    and look at he scores
    Competitive 2/3 of the time.

    Thanks Ricki! How did you pull those stats so fast? I had no clue how to do that without reading thru a hundred pages of Wikipedia.

    That’s actually pretty impressive. On paper, i’m not sure where the Swiss team would slot compared to the AHL.

    Team Canada’s and Rissia’s Olympic rosters are basically All star talent level.

    It’s hard to imagine Stan bowman coaching the 2011 oilers to a single point against team canada or Russia let alone the okc barrons.

    It will be interesting to see what if anything he can do this upcoming season.

  68. PerryK says:

    Traktor,

    “Considering Edmonton management hired him I’m pretty sure he is a poor choice.”

    That is okay, we have a real coach in waiting! Hello MacT!

  69. Woodguy says:

    Ryan,

    Who else has more experience than Krueger at taking a knife to a gun fight? Lol..

    Best reason I read all day.

  70. Woodguy says:

    Traktor:
    Considering Edmonton management hired him I’m pretty sure he is a poor choice.

    C’mon Trak, were in the MacT era now!

    *waits for Hunter to post*

  71. Ribs says:

    Muckler! That guy was great. Is he still hanging around Phoenix?

  72. Maverick says:

    I don’t mind the hiring of Krueger, not sure how much different he will be over Renney. Perhaps his ability to be a motivational speaker motivated Tambellini into hiring him… Anyone that can motivate Tambellini into any kind of decision is an OK hire in my books. :-) sorry guys couldn’t resist.

    Maybe it is all about culture change in the dressing room, changing the losing mentality into a winning attitude, the kids have the attitude already but do the veterans?

    So basically the Oilers have hired the European version of Tony Robbins.

  73. raventalon40 says:

    DSF:
    In other news.

    Shane Doan has opted for free agency.

    Now?

    5 bucks says that Doan signs with the Winnipeg Jets and that Krueger gets assigned an associate coach who will eventually replace him.

  74. spoiler says:

    Krueger was replaced by the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation after an apparently lengthy and intense internal debate, according to the press releases at the time. There had been a lot of media pressure on Krueger as he was known for not taking the 20 most talented Swiss players, but the 20 players who he thought would compose the best team. He had been there for 13 years and pretty much everyone, including Krueger himself, agreed it was time for a change.

    But to typify him as “out of work” while he was till consulting for the Hurricanes, and still working the motivational circuit and while he could have gotten any European club job he desired… well that seems a little excessive.

    His public speaking is done through the JLA agency, and his specialty is team-building and the power of team spirit.

  75. DSF says:

    raventalon40: 5 bucks says that Doan signs with the Winnipeg Jets and that Krueger gets assigned an associate coach who will eventually replace him.

    I wouldn’t take that bet.

    You may have nailed it.

  76. DSF says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: That was a sorry incident… but it struck me as opportunistic pandering by politicians not an actual grievance by french speaking hockey fans.

    At any rate, I guess it’s possible the team is slated to go back to Quebec, Doan knows about it, doesn’t want to go there and that’s why he’s putting himself out there….

    but that is a lot of unsupported speculation, no?

    That’s what we do at this time of the year.

    Just as valid as expecting the Oilers to come up with a top pairing defenseman in free agency.

    Easter Bunny stuff.

  77. DSF says:

    Jarad:
    BlacqueJacque,

    Long time lurker, jolted out of the shadows by this post. Probably the last post you’ll see from me in a long time, if ever, but I’m sure there are a lot of lurkers out there who are fans as much as the rest of y’all. Don’t judge users by their registration date: if they’ve been a part of this era, you will know from talking to them, as I’m sure no one will forget this period if they were around for it.

    The sad thing is Jarad, some folks are framing this era as 5 years.

    The Oilers have already missed the playoffs for 6, are working on 7 and have been sad sack for 20.

  78. bookje says:

    spoiler,

    THanks for the details – I did a quick search and didn’t find that.

  79. Doug McLachlan says:

    spoiler: His public speaking is done through the JLA agency, and his specialty is team-building and the power of team spirit.

    Wait a second…JLA?! This guy is with the Justice League of America?! Katz is Batman. Hall is the Flash…

  80. Maverick says:

    I should add, any of you over the age of 30 will know the reference made towards Krueger and Tony Robbins, and you may chuckle a little and give a nod.

    If you’re under 30 the reference may not have the same impact, homework = google Tony Robbins. He is a motivational speaker who had info-mmericals and worked for the Kings in 1993 when Barry Melrose was coach. Celebrity Motivational Guru.

  81. bookje says:

    Woodguy – you Like the hire?

    So wait, in the past three days you:

    1. Like the coach Tambelllini hired
    2. Defended Tambellini for picking Moroz at 32
    3. Defended Tambellini against critics regarding the Smyth situation.

    One more positive evaluation of Tambellini will put you at four uninterrupted positive Tambellini statements and you will get your Tambellini Fan Club button back again. I had it polished for you while you were away.

  82. bookje says:

    Maverick:
    I should add, any of you over the age of 30 will know the reference made towards Krueger and Tony Robbins, and you may chuckle a little and give a nod.

    If you’re under 30 the reference may not have the same impact, homework = google Tony Robbins. He is a motivational speaker who had info-mmericals and worked for the Kings in 1993 when Barry Melrose was coach. Celebrity Motivational Guru.

    Did you know he became a porn star after he stopped doing infomercials.

  83. Maverick says:

    bookje: Did you know he became a porn star after he stopped doing infomercials.

    Really?? Huh?

  84. DSF says:

    Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie

    Some NHL teams believe Schultz is destined to end up with his home province Canucks. We should know more in next few days if not sooner.

  85. voxwah says:

    I like the Kruger hire. I’ll be cheering for him.

    Looking for a little Shultz clarification. So he’s an UFA right now and when he signs on July 1st he is signing an entry level deal witch will get him the rookie max salary based on the year he was drafted.

    The deal is only 2 years instead of the normal 3 years. After these 2 years, is he still and RFA or does he go UFA again? If he’s RFA how many years would the Oilers (because they will get him!) retain RFA rights to him?

    Playing in Edmonton with the kids would be 10 times more fun then playing with the Leafs who endlessly suck or with the douche bags in Vancouver who haven’t won jack in 41 years. Anyone that says he’ll sign in Vancouver so he’s got a shot at winning is smoking the drapes. They have zero history of winning anything.

  86. Gret99zky says:

    Schultz to EDM = smart kid, good choice, welcome aboard!

    Schultz to VAN = douchebag, spoiled entitled little brat who should have shown more respect to the Ducks.

    Hey, who said life was fair?

  87. bookje says:

    Maverick: Really?? Huh?

    No, actually not at all, I just wanted to see how many people would Google “Tony Robbins Porn Star”. I imagine a few people will be explaining why they typed that to their wives later this week when it pops up in the autosuggest of Google.

  88. DSF says:

    bookje: No, actually not at all, I just wanted to see how many people would Google “Tony Robbins Porn Star”.I imagine a few people will be explaining why they typed that to their wives later this week when it pops up in the autosuggest of Google.

    You let your wife use your computer?

    Heathen.

  89. Gret99zky says:

    Yah, who keeps their computer in the kitchen?

  90. Lowetide says:

    According to Bob McKenzie they announce Kruegerand in the morning and then fly their giant spaceball to Torontopolis to get Schultz who may have signed with VCR by then.

    Excellent, Smithers!

  91. bookje says:

    Lowetide,

    He can’t sign with Vancouver by then, and in any case, Katz likley has magic potions that will help him out now (his scientists have been working in the lab since Danny Heatley turned him down for the prom) and Krueger is working on motivating him to come here – “Look kid, come here or I will kill you in your dreams – you can’t keep me out of your dreams and you have to sleep sometime” . I may be thinking of another Krueger….

  92. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    DSF: That’s what we do at this time of the year.

    Just as valid as expecting the Oilers to come up with a top pairing defenseman in free agency.

    Easter Bunny stuff.

    I wasn’t saying don’t play around in the sandbox… just establishing how close the tide was getting to the speculation.

  93. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    bookje:
    Lowetide,

    He can’t sign with Vancouver by then, and in any case, Katz likley has magic potions that will help him out now (his scientists have been working in the lab since Danny Heatley turned him down for the prom) and Krueger is working on motivating him to come here – “Look kid, come here or I will kill you in your dreams – you can’t keep me out of your dreams and you have to sleep sometime” .I may be thinking of another Krueger….

    I like it!! Freddie vs. Justin!

  94. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Lowetide:
    According to Bob McKenzie they announce Kruegerand in the morning and then fly their giant spaceball to Torontopolis to get Schultz who may have signed with VCR by then.

    Excellent, Smithers!

    I don’t see how we are going to get him to sign with BETA. It may be superior in many ways, but it doesn’t command the same market share.

  95. oilswell says:

    kinger_OIL: out of work

    I’m not sure if you are aware of it, but one or two other head coaches of NHL teams have been fired from their previous gig. Further, a few assistant coaches here or there have been promoted to head coach, presumably based on first-hand experience of their work. Both of these points are relevant, but is Krueger’s hire really that unusual?

  96. spoiler says:

    Doug McLachlan: Wait a second…JLA?!This guy is with the Justice League of America?!Katz is Batman.Hall is the Flash…

    Marvellous–er–I mean well detected comment, sir!

  97. bendelson says:

    Gret99zky,

    That’s funny stuff… Way to extend the previous comment and take it over the top. Nicely done.

    My guess is Schultz ends up in TO. I suspect the Schenn trade hints at this possibility whilst also providing grade A fodder for the Ducks tampering accusations.

    Welcome to Ralphy. Motivation expert and team builder. Sounds encouraging.

  98. spoiler says:

    bookje:

    THanks for the details – I did a quick search and didn’t find that.

    Took awhile. I had to go to a real computer and spend some quality time with Mr. Google.

  99. Dave Casselman says:

    Here’s the bottom line:

    i) Ralph Krueger is the man. Even before the Oil win the Cup, (15-16) Ralph will win the Jack
    Adams coach of the year beforehand. Maybe more than once.
    ii) He’s unique. He brings the best of Europe, North America, and the world stage. Nobody knows it
    all, Ralph is still learning but I suggest that Ralph has seen more, and experienced more, than
    any of your average bears.
    iii) Ralph is not a ‘good old boy.’ He’s an independent contractor; if he’s hired it will be because of
    his intellect, experience, and familiarity with the current Club.
    iv) The Club is a few defencemen, a few coke machines with ability, for sure a back-up tender, (and
    even possibly a first string guy,) and time, let’s here it for time, away. Guys are going to gain
    more experience and better, way better, what club has more top 6 potential than the
    Oil?

    All the kafuffle. Katz this, Katz that; Lowe this Lowe that; Tambellini this and that; MacTavish this, Mactavish that; Cooper, Sutter and Kreuger. Steve will be a Cup winning GM and it will be with the Oil, in large measure because he chose Ralph. All’s well that will end well, and it will, wait and see. The Oil, IFF they’re financially able to maintain the current talent level, will be off on another run. It’ll be music to all our ears, DSF excepted. Let’s hope that the young men of today are not doomed to history repeating itself, let’s hope they realize that if they stick together for home-town discounts in future, they’ll make more money in the long run. In part because they became part of another dynasty, a part of a Club that only age or indifference or age can defeat.

    Such is the potential of our modern day Edmonton Oilers.

  100. DeadmanWaking says:

    The Oilers have already missed the playoffs for 6, are working on 7 and have been sad sack for 20.

    I’d say the Oilers just fouled off three 95 MPH fast balls after chasing some junk. You can call these mighty hacks three swings and misses, but I think the starting pitcher is beginning to wilt. I’m also wondering from your comment how the other 5 million Edmontonians keep ducking the census. Are they all at the mall on census day?

    The Krueger edit on Wikipedia is an anonymous contribution from an IP address in Ontario that’s never edited before.

    We haven’t seen much progress in the standings in part because the team was too easy to coach against. I used to play war games, just enough to get the hang of it. When you have more defensive options than your adversary has options on the attack, life is easy. Any night this season where all our top guys catch fire, the other coach has as many problems with our attack as we have with our sketchy defense. Adding Nuge helped a lot, but the line was slack. Adding Yak, the line is already taut. It won’t make enough difference to make the playoffs, but I think we’ll see fewer backup goalies. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” We’re moving into phase three. It’s actually disputed whether Mohandas “miss the playoffs” Gandhi ever said that, but there’s a germ of truth nevertheless.

    Fundamentally coaching is a people business. Krueger is definitely a people person. He knows how to run a bench, and he’s not ignorant of advanced strategy. He’ll have plenty to learn making the transition, but not so much he’ll implode. At the end of the day, he might not have the extra something to stick at this level, but that’s the risk you take.

  101. oilersfan says:

    Does anybody here know anything about high school hockey in Quebec and what quality of competition there is?

    I hate the Flames and I am loving how they just pulled a Mark “don’t call me Antoine Pouliot” Jankowski to the T.

    1) Trade down when a few very good players (Ceci, Tuervenain) are still available
    2) Draft a guy ranked 45 th 20 spots too high
    3) From Quebec team nobody else follows
    4) Make sure the poor bastard is named Mark

    For some reason all the Calgary media are raving about what a steal that was!!??

    If that happened here I wouldn’t sleep for a week I would be so mad.,

    howcome the media there and fans aren’t making fun of this?

    This is making Jesse Niinamaki look like, well, Jesse Niinamki.

    I know the kid got two points a game, but I bet the average tier 2 men’s league team would beat his team 5-3. He might get two goals but the competition ain’t much.

    I mean he couldn’t even make the OHL this year and he is drafted in the first round?? What are these guys in Calgary smoking?

    Comments welcome. Would love to hear how I might be wrong but I can’t imagine how.

  102. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    oilswell: I’m not sure if you are aware of it, but one or two other head coaches of NHL teams have been fired from their previous gig.Further, a few assistant coaches here or there have been promoted to head coach, presumably based on first-hand experience of their work.Both of these points are relevant, but is Krueger’s hire really that unusual?

    I stayed out of this one… but I think there is a way to solve the puzzle…

    1) Kinger is making a much more banal, non-dickish comment than many suspect: he’s just saying “isn’t it funny how life works, one minute you’re in Europe without a steady job (by choice) and the next you are a world away being given a highly coveted job”

    2) Kinger is saying (as implied by the subtext of some of the comments people are picking up on): Krueger is an unqualified candidate that lucked into a job.

    life’s mysteries or dickish diss?

  103. spoiler says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: I don’t see how we are going to get him to sign with BETA. It may be superior in many ways, but it doesn’t command the same market share.

    That’s why we need to send the alpha male, Krueger.

    Can Katz take presents while he’s technically not under contract to any team? “Hey, kid I have in my hands a banker’s draft for $1M made out to your parents. Now, who do you want to sign with?”

    More seriously… which team can offer Schultz a co-starring role in an ongoing TV show?

  104. jp says:

    Like the Kruger hiring. We’ve got Yak. Now go get a D or 2 and we’re on the way up (does NOT have to be a Suter – just something relatively solid).

    Dave Casselman,
    DEADMANWAKING,

    Nice to see some positive comments – things are slowly looking better for the Oil.
    On that note, time for bed.

  105. Kris11 says:

    He’s a motivationa speaker? I imagine the following scene:

    MacT: Magnus. Sam. , Kevin Lowe, and I are so glad you decided to join us for this Family Communication session.

    Magnus P: So, what’s up? You guys trading us?

    Lowe: No. We just wanted the team to talk as a group.

    McT: Okay. Well, let’s get it started.

    Lowe: Okay. Well, Magnus and Sam.. Kevin and I are a little bit concerned. Buchberge was in the drssing room, and he found a bag of pot.

    Sam Gagner: [ anxious ] He didn’t smoke it, did he?

    Lowe: No! He didn’t smoke it.

    MacT: Now, we’re not here to “come down on you” I mean, that’s not what we’re about, okay?

    Lowe: We’re just concerned that pot could lead to other things.

    MacT: Crack. Ice. Boom. Pow.

    Lowe: Well, we know you don’t want to hear this from us.

    MacT: Sure! I mean we’re management. Who wants to hear this stuff from management.

    Lowe: So we came up with a brilliant idea to give you kids some direction – a motivational speaker.

    MacT: Yeah. One of those guys who speaks to big groups at high schools and churches.

    Sam Gagner: You mean, to come to the house?

    Lowe: Yeah.

    [ the kplayers get up to leave ]

    MacT: Hey, come on, you guys. This set Katz back a few bucks. Okay, his name is Ralph Krueger. Now, he’s been down in the basement drinking coffee for about the last four hours, and he should be all ready to go. I’ll call him up. [ opens the basement door ] Ralph, we’re ready for you! [ turns to the kids ] His speech is called “Go For It!” Now, he’s used to big groups, so make him feel like there’s a crowd here. [ calls down the basement again ] Ralph! Come on up, buddy!

    Ralph Krueger: [ runs up the stairs, bouncing back and forth as he talks ] Alright, how’s everybody? Good! Good! Good! Now, as your father probably told you, my name is Ralph Krueger, and I am a Motivational Speaker! Now, let’s get started by me giving you a little bit of a scenario of what my life is all about! First off, I am 52 years old.. I am divorced.. and I live in a van down by the river! Now, you kids are probably saying to yourself, “Now, I’m gonna go out, and I’m gonna get the league by the tail, and wrap it around and put it in my pocket!!” Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re probably gonna find out, as you go out on the ice, that you’re not gonna amount to Jack Squat!!” You’re gonna end up eating a steady diet of underpaid contracts and AHL demotions, and living in a van down by the river!

    End scene

  106. Kris11 says:

    Like the Krueger/Matt foley signing.

    I doubt we get Schultz. Burke seems like the kind of guy who finds a way to offer the family something, somehow, secretly and illicitly. I remember hearing rumblings that his initial signing of Niedermayer in Anaheim was sketchy, but I can’t remember why.

    Fingers crossed.

  107. Downright Fierce says:

    A lot of blue sky in the thread today. Nice to see, must be the summer evenings sinking in.

    Not the biggest fan of Krueger’s (heretofore) rumoured promotion, but he’s miles ahead of Sutter in my books. I’m nagged by the usual things: small sample size, shallow pools, etc. Jon Cooper would be my guy– yet Krueger’s hockey CV is indeed more substantial than that of the lawyer from Prince George.

    More things to like:
    - Team/player familiarity (hardly necessary, but smooths transition)
    - More accountability should he fail (of course any coach is Toonces’ burden, but IMO less chance of his coaches being held on if he is canned)
    - PP should continue to dominate (sure RNH is the PP equivalent of HGH, but Krueger is the supposed mastermind)

    Planning to hit dev camp tomorrow. That plus the presser & the Schweepschtakez should make for an interesting Wednesday in Oilersland.

  108. Downright Fierce says:

    HA! Matt Foley is absolutely Ralph’s new nom de guerre.

    “Well la-dee-FRICKIN’-da!”

  109. Marc says:

    voxwah,

    He’s an RFA. The team who signs him will have him for four RFA years after the expiry of his two year ELC.

  110. Marc says:

    oilersfan:
    Does anybody here know anything about high school hockey in Quebec and what quality of competition there is?

    Kent Wilson looked at this in some detail and concluded that Jankowski probably has the lowest NHLE of any player taken in the first round

    http://flamesnation.ca/2012/6/25/putting-mark-jankowskis-performance-in-context

  111. leadfarmer says:

    oilersfan,

    Seeing someone dominate weak competition like that reminds me of one of my favorite stats.
    Ryan Smyth with a measly 6 pts per game.

    1990-1991 Banff Blazers-ABHL 25gp 100g 50a 150pts

  112. papler says:

    Bar_Qu: You forget that Swiss employment law requires 365 notice to employers before quitting. This prevents hasty, emotion-laden decision making when changing employers. Kruger was merely adhering to local custom.

    LOL

    where did you get that from? I am Swiss and live and work in Switzerland and we have 30 to 90 days notice period. and Coaches get fired over here every month without even a notice period. they just receive the money for the remainder of the contract or some form of buy-out.

    Krueger was coaching the Swiss National Team for 13 years. I think after so many years the need for a change comes with pretty much every team. He took a lousy team to a new level and the team can now be considered in the top 10 nations in ice hockey. before that it was up and down between mediocrity and lousy performances

  113. papler says:

    spoiler: Krueger was replaced by the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation after an apparently lengthy and intense internal debate, according to the press releases at the time. There had been a lot of media pressure on Krueger as he was known for not taking the 20 most talented Swiss players, but the 20 players who he thought would compose the best team. He had been there for 13 years and pretty much everyone, including Krueger himself, agreed it was time for a change.But to typify him as “out of work” while he was till consulting for the Hurricanes, and still working the motivational circuit and while he could have gotten any European club job he desired… well that seems a little excessive.His public speaking is done through the JLA agency, and his specialty is team-building and the power of team spirit.

    this!

  114. russ99 says:

    I only hope that he takes off the shackles that Renney put on the top 2 lines, like in the Calgary game where he was the interim coach.

    Seems like a good guy, a good coach, a motivator and one focused on the team concept. He got more than expected out of the power play and most importantly, the kids seem to have rapport with him, where some spoke out publicly about disagreement with Renney.

    I hope he gets a real fresh start by picking his own assistants.

  115. Woodguy says:

    bookje:
    Woodguy – you Like the hire?

    So wait, in the past three days you:

    1. Like the coach Tambelllini hired
    2. Defended Tambellini for picking Moroz at 32
    3. Defended Tambellini against critics regarding the Smyth situation.

    One more positive evaluation of Tambellini will put you at four uninterrupted positive Tambellini statements and you will get your Tambellini Fan Club button back again.I had it polished for you while you were away.

    Is my v4.0 fan club pin in the mail?

    I call them as I see them.

    I don’t think I defended the Moroz pick as much as I shake my head at those who deride it as horrible when the outcome for him, or who they “should have picked” is very uncertain. I can see why they picked him and am fine with it.

    If they get Shultz the Younger and a top pairing D, I’ll applaud then too.

    Then I’ll say Mac is pulling all the strings. :)

  116. gcw_rocks says:

    Woodguy,

    If we are in the MacT era now, let’s start giving him some of the blame for the disasterous draft.

    Lowe has made it clear that Tambo doesn’t really make any decisions. He is more of an idea guy and Lowe made the call. With MacT on board, one would suppose that MacT is either a filter for those ideas, or Lowe has delegated some decision making to him. In either case, anyone holding Tambo accountable for the draft or the Krueger hiring had better point the same finger at MacT and Lowe or you are drinking the same “boys on the bus” brand kool-aid as Katz.

    Firing Tambo won’t help this team as long as Lowe is around, and based on the draft, MacT isn’t going to help and may have made things worse.

    Sometimes it really sucks to be an Oilers fan…

  117. russ99 says:

    The more I think about it the more I’m convinced that it’s vital for Krueger to hire his own assistants.

    If Bucky and Smith are kept on, it more evidence that Katz is keeping more old school Oilers on the management and coaching staff above other or more qualified candidates.

    What’s worse, it sets a precedent that if things go wrong, the ex-oilers are safe, leaving Krueger and Tambellini on the firing line when the real problems come from higher up.

  118. Lowetide says:

    I’m beginning to wonder where the idea of a “disastrous draft” is coming from. The 32nd overall pick was a reach, but he was projected by BM to go in the second round. It was a reach, but not a Niinimaki. And the rest of the draft has some nice things, including Yakupov, Khaira, Zharkov and that Italian kid from the coast.

    Disastrous draft? Have a look at 1990.

  119. Woodguy says:

    gcw_rocks,

    If we are in the MacT era now, let’s start giving him some of the blame for the disasterous draft.

    Please explain why its a disastrous draft?

    Because they took they guy they wanted at 32instead of a slider?

    in 2008, ANA took a slider in Nicolas Deschamps at 35, he was 25 on McKenzie’s list.

    LAK ignored the list at 32 and took Voynov about 20 spots higher than he was ranked.

    I’m sure LAK fans who screamed bloody murder that the draft was a disaster because they took Voynov instead of Deschamps are pretty happy today.

    You just don’t know.

  120. Ducey says:

    Lowetide:
    I’m beginning to wonder where the idea of a “disastrous draft” is coming from. The 32nd overall pick was a reach, but he was projected by BM to go in the second round.It was a reach, but not a Niinimaki. And the rest of the draft has some nice things, including Yakupov, Khaira, Zharkov and that Italian kid from the coast.

    Disastrous draft? Have a look at 1990.

    Yeah. If you get one all star player from a draft class makes it a good one. Getting Nail makes it a good draft by itself. If the Oilers can get one or two other players that are NHL regulars it will be a very good draft.

    Case in point: The NYI were apparently willing to trade ALL of their draft picks to CLB for #2 overall.

    I intitially thought they should have taken Finn at #32, but like a lot of players at that point he has some warts that make you wonder if he will be much of a useful NHL player. In his case he plays an intense game including playing pretty physical. He can do that at 6 feet in junior. I don’t see it translating to the NHL that well. So he might be a 5-6 guy at best. You can find that in the bargain bin every fall. Moroz isn’t perfect either but if he can develop some offense (which hopefully come with better linemates, more TOI and more PP time) you have a potential bottom 6 guy who might be able to move up and down the lineup.

    If you are going to strike out 85% of the time you might as well swing hard and try hit a homer (or a double) rather than just an infield single.

  121. CrazyCoach says:

    I like the hiring of Ralph Krueger for a variety of reasons, many of which were listed earlier.

    1) His international experience combined with his knowledge of the Canadian system, was a powerful syncretism of styles that propelled the Swiss into one of the top eight nations in the hockey world. As one who has gone through the Canadian coaching system, and spent some time in Sweden studying their system, I can say that many other nations, whether they admit it or not, want to emulate our system. Krueger is a new breed that can fit into any system. Highly adaptive.

    2) Many have commented that Krueger runs a lot of skill-based drills, which would lead me to believe that he has a very strong technical background achieved through much study and practice. His work on the PP last season shows a very methodical approach to teaching systems. Start with high rep high success individual drills and progress to game-like situation drills that involve individual skill, individual tactic, and team tactics skills. Krueger is a good teacher. Not a Barry Melrose tony-robbins-loving-Billy-Ray-Cyrus-hair-wearing-type, who reads “The Secret” and throws it out to the universe to provide an improved team. Krueger has the know how to build it. No new age hippie magic. Just hard work and sweat.

    3) I like the fact that he came to the NHL via Europe. I think he can be successful in helping players transition from international ice to the NHL. It may not seem like much, but that extra space along the boards in Europe seems to be a crutch that they can’t lose when they come to the NHL. Plus, Krueger can help with the cross-cultural communications. Like Vincent Vega said, “They got the same shit over there as they do here, but it’s just a little bit different!” Can you say Royale with Cheese.

    4) Krueger did a rebuild on the Swiss system. He is a patient man. Not patient in that he has no spine, but he knows teams aren’t built in a day, and won’t resort to Tortorellian ways of screaming at players. He will bench those who aren’t pulling their weight (Mr. Jones and Me), but it will al be done with a calm demeanour and more as a teaching/motivating method than as punishment.

    Just my thoughts.

    The future’s so bright…….

  122. Will Ralph Krueger help young Edmonton Oilers stars reach their potential? | Wildrose Meadowlark Constituency Association says:

    [...] Lowetide laid out five key issues Krueger will need to check off his list this season, including further developing the young talent currently residing in Edmonton. Earlier this month, Tambellini spoke to the media about the coaching search and talked about needing the right person in place to take the Oilers to the next step, the one that come after three straight last place finishes: “We have a general direction of what we want to do … We’re going to get the right person that can push people to the right expectations that we feel are going to take place over the next few years … We have to grow this team properly. We still have to have people that can teach and motivate and all the things that players in the NHL expect today out of their coaching staff.” [...]

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