Sabres hire Ralph Krueger as 19th coach in franchise history

A five-week long exhaustive coaching search that began with the firing of Phil Housley has led Buffalo Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill to a man with perhaps one of the most unique resumes in professional hockey.

"Throughout his career, Ralph has shown the ability to adapt to a variety of high-pressure environments while leading some of the world's elite players," Botterill said in a news release.

Krueger, who was born in Winnipeg to two German immigrants, joined the Oilers' coaching staff as an assistant in 2010 and helped their power play improve from 27th to third in the league during his second season under Tom Renney.

However, the team's general manager at the time, Craig MacTavish, fired Krueger during a Skype call and promptly hired Dallas Eakins, who was regarded as one of the sport's top up-and-coming candidates.

Krueger also served as a scouting consultant for the Carolina Hurricanes, who were then led by General Manager Jim Rutherford, Botterill's former boss in Pittsburgh, and coached VEU Feldkirch to five straight championships in Austria from 1994-98.

Though Krueger has never been head coach of a team for the duration of an 82-game regular season schedule, his reputation as a teacher and motivator allowed him to emerge from a pool of experienced candidates that included Jacques Martin and Dave Tippett.

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