Buffalo Sabers hired Ralf Krueger as his next major coach in hopes of ending the eight-year drought of playoffs, Krueger, 196, said on Wednesday. shortened season in 2012-13. He was fired by the Skype team after the youths who were busy with the youth finished 19-22-7. "Throughout his career, Ralph has shown the ability to adapt to various high-pressure environments while leading some of the world's most elite players," said Jason Botter, Sabers' chief executive. "His strong communication skills, leadership and diverse experience make him a uniquely qualified candidate to lead our team forward." Krueger was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and played professional hockey in Germany from 1
He replaced Phil Housley, who was fired after two seasons. Last season, Buffalo won only 16 of his last 57 games after winning a series of 10 games in November.
After finishing 13th in the Eastern Conference, Saber joined Philadelphia Flyers for 2016-17 skipping the playoffs in the season in which they have won at least 10 consecutive matches.
The super drought of the Sabers is the longest active NHL series. "is eager to stand behind the bench and represent this passionate city for hockey."
Hiring came when Bottler returned to Buffalo for a number of meetings this week. He was in Slovakia, where he worked as a member of the leadership of the national team of Canada, who competed in the world championships.
Kruger's experience includes the training of Tim Europe in second place at the World Hockey Championships. He also served as a special adviser to Canada's national team when he won gold at Sochi in 2014.
He is known for being an innovator in hockey strategies, developing young talents and being a motivator. In 2014, he wrote a book that was published in German and entitled "Teamlife: Über Niederlagen zum Erfolg", which is roughly translated as "Losses to Success". The next strongest need for an interim session: to bid for re-signing Jeff Skinner before entering the free agents market on July 1.
Skinner was gained in the trade with Carolina Hurricanes in August, He scored 40 goals in 82 games last season, although Skinner and Saber have been involved in contract talks since January, but the team decided to postpone further discussions to coaching demand. Clearing his wardrobe in April, Skinner did not exclude signing with Sabers, but added that he did not want to rush his decision.
Krueger became the fifth coach of the team as Lindy Ruff was fired in February 2013. None of Ruff's replacements lasted more than two seasons
Sabers are in the middle of the worst part of franchise history . They have finished last three in the last six seasons and have not won a series of playoffs since 2007 when they lost to the Ottawa Senators in the finals of the Eastern Conference.
Kruger inherits a team that has no chemistry and has been trying to build a foundation of several talented youngsters, including captain Jack Ackel and defender Rasmuss Dalin, the first player elected to the project last year.
Although Botterill said that Buffalo's collapse guilt deserves to be shared between the players and him, he added that it was clear that the team did not meet Housley . 19659002] "Unfortunately, the message has not passed," said Bottler when he fired the coach a day after Sabers finished his season.
A secondary goal was a problem, and Skinner, Eichel and Sam Reinhart scored 90 of 226 goals in Buffalo last season. Saberers have also done too many defensive flaws for a team trained by a Hall of Fame champion.
Associated Press contributed to this report.