BUFFALO – The Buffalo Sabres are hoping Ralph Krueger can turn around the once-proud franchise in the midst of an eight-year playoff drought.
A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the Sabres have hired Krueger as coach. The person spoke to the AP on Tuesday night on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the hiring. Canada’s SportsNet first reported the move.
Krueger, 59, previously coached the Edmonton Oilers during the NHL’s lockout-shortened season in 2012-13. Krueger has vast coaching experience, including with Switzerland’s national team.
He returns to the NHL after spending the past five years as chairman of soccer’s Southampton F.C. of the English Premier League. Krueger was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and played hockey professionally in Germany from 1979 to ‘91.
Krueger replaces Phil Housley, who was fired after just two seasons, including this past year when Buffalo won just 16 of its final 57 games following a 10-game winning…