BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — According to both Bob McKenzie of TSN and Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the Buffalo Sabres are planning to hire Ralph Krueger as the next head coach.
As @FriedgeHNIC first suggested/speculated, Ralph Krueger will indeed be named the next head coach in BUF.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 15, 2019
No official announcement has been made by the team.
Krueger, 59, has NHL head coaching experience, spending half a season with the Edmonton Oilers in 2012-2013. In 48 games as the Oilers head coach, Krueger finished with a 19-22-7 record. Krueger also served as the head coach for Team Europe in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Most recently, Krueger switched sports, serving as the chairman for the Southampton Football Club in the English Premier League.
A native of Winnipeg, Krueger played professionally in Germany and has also coached in Switzerland.
According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the Sabres interviewed seven candidates for the head coaching vacancy.
Sabres GM Jason Botterill is serving in the same role for Team Canada at the IIHF Men's World Championships, making an introductory press conference unlikely until he returns to Buffalo.