Looks like Ralph Krueger will be named head coach of the Oilers tomorrow morning, per Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun. Bob Stauffer mentioned that Krueger was the likely hire a while back as well.
Tomorrow it will be official, and we can put the “shouldn’t we have a coach in place before we go grovel at Justin Schultz’s knees?” comments to rest.
What do you guys think about this one? I’m OK with it… at least worth a shot. Sometimes I think there are a lot of overrated coaches out there. Go with what works. The Oilers sure shit the bed last year, but Krueger can at least take a lot of credit from taking our powerplay from the bottom to #3 overall. Now, hopefully he can do the same climb in the standings.
Edit: Krueger’s contract is for 3 years.
“Let’s face it, Scotty Bowman would not have done much better with the team Renney was given.”
- Jason Strudwick
I love it, and absolutely agree. I’m not at all a fan of Renney being fired because I don’t think he had been given a proper team at this point. Good luck to the next coach if Tambellini doesn’t completely fix this team’s glue players and goaltending.
Oilers will not renew Renney's contract
The Oilers have announced that they will not renew the contract of Tom Renney. Apparently the leading candidates currently for the position are: Todd Nelson (Oklahoma Barons), Brent Sutter (formerly of the Calgary Flames) and Derek Laxal (Oil Kings).