Report: Sabres hire ex-soccer GM Krueger as head coach
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The Buffalo Sabres will name Ralph Krueger as their next head coach, according to a report from TSN.
Krueger, 59, has a versatile resume that spans both hockey and soccer. He served as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers during the 2012-13 campaign before heading to the English Premier League, where he became chairman of Southampton FC.
The last time Krueger coached hockey was in 2016, when he led Team Europe in the World Cup of Hockey. He also coached Switzerland in international play for more than a decade. Krueger posted a 19-22-7 record in his stint with the Oilers and drew praise for his work with younger players.
The Buffalo News reported that Krueger wrote a book in German about leadership and motivational tactics. He also served on the World Economic Forum's council on new leadership models, according to the newspaper.
The Sabres sought a replacement for Phil Housley, who was fired last month. Buffalo has missed the playoffs in each of the past eight seasons.