Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 10/23/14
The Edmonton Oilers announced Saturday afternoon that they have decided to fire Ralph Krueger as head coach just one year into the job. On one hand, I feel sorry for Kroger who had only 48 games in a lockout shortened season to prove what he was made of. Krueger, 53, was the head coach of the Swiss national team from 1997-2010. He led the team to 12 world championship appearances and three Winter Olympics. Maybe with a bit more time things could have worked out. On the other hand, the Edmonton Oilers finished the 2013 season with a 19-22-7 record under Krueger and missed the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.I think everybody invested in this organization had higher expectations, than usual this season for the team. Ultimately, not getting into the playoffs when Oilers have a decent shot at getting in this year cost the coach his job.A replacement has yet to be named, but there is many great candidates at this point. Dallas Eakins, current bench boss of the Toronto Marlies...
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