Buffalo Sabers presented Ralph Krueger as their next head coach with the hope of finishing eight years of drought playoffs, the team announced Wednesday.
59-year-old Krueger taught Edmonton Oilers in lockout- shortened time in 2012-13. He is fired by the team via Skype after the youth laden by the Oilers 19-22-7.
Krueger has extensive teaching experience, including the responsibility of the Swiss national team at the Olympic Winter Games celebrations in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
"Throughout his career, Ralph showed the flexibility with high environmental stresses while leading some of the world's elite players, "Sabers general manager Jason Botterill said in a statement. "His strong communication ability, leadership and diverse background make him a qualified qualified candidate to lead our team."
Krueger returned to the NHL after spending the past five years as chairman of Southampton FC's soccer in the English Premier League. Krueger was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and played professional hockey in Germany from 1
He replaced Phil Housley, who was released after two seasons. In the last season, Buffalo earned just 16 of his last 57 games following the 10-game winning streak in November.
At the end of the 13th in the Eastern Conference, Sabers joined the 2016-17 Philadelphia Flyers as only the NHL history teams miss the playoffs at a time where they won at least 10 straight games .
The Sabers' playoff drought represents the NHL's longest active streak.
Krueger said he was "trying to maximize the potential" of Sabers and was "eager to get behind the court and represent this emotional city of hockey."
The hiring arrived as Botterill returned to Buffalo for a number of conference meetings this week. He is in Slovakia working as a member of Canada's national team management competing in the world championships.
Krueger's experience includes Teaching Team Europe at the second in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He also served as a special advisor to the Canadian national team when it won gold in the 2014 Sochi Games.
He is known for being an innovator in hockey strategies, developing young talents and becoming a motivator. In 2014, he wrote a book, published in German and entitled "Teamlife: Über Niederlagen zum Erfolg," which translates almost to "With Victories to Success."
Krueger's hire allows Botterill to turn his attention to the Sabers & # 39; next-most pressing on the offseason requirement: make a bid to sign up again Jeff Skinner before entering the free agent market on July 1.
The skinner acquired the Carolina Hurricanes trade in August, and he scored a career-best and team-leading 40 goals in 82 games in the past.
Even Skinner and the Sabers engaged in contractual negotiations since January, the team elected to close additional discussions until after coaching search. Upon clearing his locker in April, Skinner did not manage the re-signing of the Sabers but added that he did not want to rush into his decision.
Krueger became the fifth team coach since the expulsion of Lindy Ruff in February 2013. None of Ruff's successors took more than two seasons.
Sabers are in the middle of the worst franchise history. They have graduated in standing three in the past six seasons and have not won the playoff series since 2007, when they lost to the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference finals.
Krueger came from a team with no chemistry and struggled to build on a foundation of some talented young people, including captain Jack Eichel and defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, the first player to be selected in the draft last year.
The latest shake-up came in two years at Botterill's time as a first-time generation manager and after her hire purchase decision Housley became a bust.
Even Botterill said the reprisal for Buffalo was worth sharing with players and himself, he added that it became clear that the team did not respond to Housley.  "Unfortunately, the message does not interfere," Botterill said when he fired the coach one day after Sabers finished their season.
Second scoring was an issue, including Skinner, Eichel and Sam Reinhart recorded for 90 of 226 goals Buffalo last season. Sabers has also made so many defenses for a team that is being taught by a Defenseman of the Hall of Fame.
Housley's biggest failure was the inability to get the Sabers to suit the creative style of high tempo relying on defensemen who eventually jumped.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.