Oilers coach Ralph Krueger fired after one season

Ralph Krueger is now the former head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

On Saturday, the team’s GM Craig MacTavish released their decision to fire Krueger as coach after only reigning for one season in which the Oilers finished 3rd in their division and 12th in the Western Conference, NHL.com reported.

Krueger, 53, was the associate  coach for the team for two seasons before being promoted to head coach. Prior to the Oilers, from 1997-2010, he brought the Swiss national team to 12 world championship appearances and to three Winter Olympics.

According to the Associated Press, potential candidates for the position consist of former NHL head coaches Lindy Ruff, Alain Vigneault, John Tortorella and the Toronto Marlies’ Dallas Eakins.

Despite this decision, MacTavish commended Krueger’s performance for his season-long head coach career with the team.

“Ralph was unquestionably 100 percent committed to the Edmonton Oilers,” he said at a press conference, included in the AP story. “His passion and energy is amazing and we wish him nothing but the best as he moves forward in his impressive career.”

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