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Ralph Krueger | Center

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (55) / 8/31/1959
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
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Ralph Krueger isn't enjoying seeing the Oilers fail after GM Craig MacTavish fired him during a Skype call in June.
Krueger was only given one season with the team as a rookie head coach before he was shown the door. So far, Edmonton hasn't done any better with his replacement, Dallas Eakins. Krueger still feels an attachment to the Oilers, but he hasn't brought himself to watch a game yet. He's back in Davos, Switzerland and helping out Canadian Olympic head man Mike Babcock as he prepares for the 2014 Winter Games. Mon, Nov 4, 2013 09:09:00 AM

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Ralph Krueger was fired by GM Craig MacTavish during a Skype call.

Krueger was taken aback at the firing as he had two years remaining on his contract and there were no signs that he was about to be let go as Edmonton coach. "I definitely did not see it coming," said Krueger. "Craig and I spent a good part of the week together at the world championships in both Helsinki and Stockholm. There were eight or nine days on the road together with no sign of dismissal. It was Thursday, about this time in my time zone here in Switzerland when I had my Skype with Craig. I was taking a three week break after the world championships and scheduled to come back to work in Edmonton June 21. I was just setting up the schedule for the season in my office when the call came." It appears that Dallas Eakins will be named the new coach of the Oilers.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 07:23:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have fired head coach Ralph Krueger.

"I want to acknowledge a tremendous commitment Ralph had to our players and staff in his three years with this organization," GM Craig MacTavish said. "During the process of me conducting those interviews, I recognized I tried to add a coach that was more closely aligned to how I wanted to run the team than what Ralph was looking for. We're very close with a coaching candidate but at this point we haven't formalized a deal. I'm hopeful that our current staff will be retained but it will be up to the new coach." It is believed that Dallas Eakins of the AHL Toronto Marlies will be the Oilers' new bench boss. Whoever is picked will be the Oilers' fourth coach in five seasons.
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 06:18:00 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly decided to part ways with head coach Ralph Krueger.

An announcement is expected soon to verify that move. Toronto Marlies bench boss Dallas Eakins is believed to be the frontrunner to become the Oilers' next head coach, but it sounds like nothing has been determined yet. If Krueger is done, he will have only lasted one shortened season. Eakins would be the fourth Oilers coach in just five seasons.
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 05:44:00 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have interviewed Dallas Eakins for an associate coaching job.

Eakins, who served as the AHL Toronto Marlies' head coach, has also interviewed for the Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, and Vancouver Canucks' bench boss vacancies. Eakins served as an assistant coach in the NHL before going down to the AHL to serve as a head coach, but Eakins might still be interested in the Oilers' number two coaching spot if he isn't hired as a head coach elsewhere.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 06:40:00 PM

Detroit Red Wings forward Damien Brunner has a lot of respect for what Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger did for hockey in Switzerland.

Krueger coached the Swiss national team before becoming the Oilers' bench boss. "With Krueger we got pretty consistent making the quarterfinals, he did a great job," Brunner said. "For Switzerland he made them believe we could take the next step. Then when he left, Sean Simpson took over and he’s been able to take the next step by winning a quarterfinal and winning a semifinal. But Ralph Krueger did a great job over the time he was there." Switzerland ended up falling short in the gold medal game, but it was still their best showing in the tournament since 1935.
Wed, May 22, 2013 10:30:00 AM

The deadly tornado that tore through Oklahoma on Monday was only half a mile from the practice facility of the Oilers' AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City.

"All of our guys are safe and accounted for," said Barons general manager Bill Scott. "We’re good. Our guys live on the north side of the city or in the downtown area. Our staff was in the office downtown. Some of them live in Moore but all are accounted for." The storm absolutely devastated the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, leveling houses for blocks at a time. Defenseman Alex Plante is one of the players who lives in Moore. "I’d come downtown for a dentist appointment and the family I was staying with in Moore, who adopted three Downs Syndrome kids, managed to get the kids out of their school before the lockdowns," said Plante, who also noted he didn't want to see the damage caused by the storm.
Tue, May 21, 2013 10:24:00 AM

The Oilers and Edmonton city council have completed the funding agreement on a new arena.

So ends the seven-year debate over the project. The team and city will now split the cost of the final $30 million needed to greenlight the project, which will be completed in time for the 2016-17 season and begin in the spring of 2014. The total cost, including the arena and surrounding infrastructure, will be $604.5 million. The Oilers will be on the hook for $161.5 million, the city $279 million and the remaining $125 million will come from a ticket tax. "The result today is a landmark agreement that enables our city to move forward in an enormously positive way," said Oilers owner Daryl Katz.
Source: TSN.ca
Wed, May 15, 2013 08:29:00 PM

The Edmonton Oilers will not pick first overall for the first time in four years after losing the draft lottery Monday night.

If only they had Steve Tambellini's lucky tie, the Oilers might be dreaming about Seth Jones instead of picking seventh in what's widely considered a deep draft with four elite players at the top. That's not to say Edmonton is staying put, with new GM Craig MacTavish admitting the Oilers would look into moving back. "We’re definitely going to look at doing something with that pick. I think we’d be very receptive to moving back and picking up another pick potentially," said MacTavish, who previously noted the Oilers could have as many as eight new players next season.
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 10:21:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers might try to shop their top pick.

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish promised to make bold moves as the Oilers miss the playoffs for the seventh straight season. "If you’re going to be bold, that’s certainly a bold move," TSN's Bob MacKenzie said on the possibility of the Oilers' trading their pick. "What the Edmonton Oilers really don’t need is another 18-year-old blue chipper. They need some help right now and using that first round pick as currency could get them that help right now." It would allow them to address some of their needs and add a veteran presence without trading a member of their existing core. If they do keep the pick, there's a good chance that they'll select a defenseman.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 10:36:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers will begin a brutal finish to the season on Friday.

Edmonton will play six games in just nine days to close out the season. That's not exactly ideal, but after losing six contests in a row and towards the end of a disappointing season, maybe the constant competition will keep them focused.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 10:12:00 AM

New Edmonton General Manager Craig MacTavish has promised bold roster moves.

Former GM Steve Tambellini tweaked the lineup at the trade deadline less than two weeks ago by acquiring only Jerred Smithson, claiming the Oilers were close enough to a playoff spot not to change the roster but they have been in a tailspin ever since and are on the outside looking in on the playoffs. "That's obviously on us," Sam Gagner said of the management change. "We had an opportunity to turn things around here. We were rolling towards the deadline and the team was kept intact because they had faith in us and we didn’t get the job done. It’s a message to us that we have to get something done. It's completely understandable. We've been going through a rebuild for a while here and at some point you have to expect results. I think, as a group, we're being told about the future and how good it's going to be and it just doesn't happen that way."
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 09:10:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have fired GM Steve Tambellini.

As we commented earlier, Tambellini's biggest failing was his inability to build around the impressive core of skilled forwards the Oilers have accumulated via the draft. Former Oilers player and coach Craig MacTavish will reportedly take over as the team's general manager and he'll be tasked with solidifying the team's bottom-six forwards and bolstering their defense. Edmonton hasn't made the playoffs since 2005-06, but if MacTavish plays his cards right, he could oversee the next great Oilers' dynasty.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 11:44:00 AM

Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun thinks that GM Steve Tambellini should be fired at the end of the season.

Jones states that while the Oilers have a lot of front end talent, their bottom-six forwards and lack of strength on the blueline fall on the shoulders of their GM who has not addressed the problems. The Oilers are in line to miss the playoffs once again as they have not been in the playoffs since their Stanley Cup final run of 2006.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 09:47:00 AM

Don Cherry feels the Edmonton Oilers are losing because they're not being aggressive enough physically.

"Last in the league in fights," Cherry said before adding sarcastically, "Oh yeah, fights don’t win don’t games." Cherry also argued that Mike Brown, who the Oilers added to make their team tougher, isn't a heavyweight. Edmonton has recorded 907 hits this season, which puts them in the bottom half of the league, but then again, Chicago is dead last with 686 hits and things seem to be working out for them. Chicago is also near the bottom of the league in fights while the Blue Jackets and Flyers rank second and third in that category. So obviously, fighting and toughness is not a prerequisite for success and a lack of it is not a guarantee of failure. That being said, the Oilers already have more than enough skilled forwards and their focus when acquiring players will probably be on adding toughness to compliment guys like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle.
Sun, Apr 14, 2013 09:51:00 AM

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PosRoleName
C1Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2Leon Draisaitl
3Anton Lander
4Boyd Gordon
5Mark Arcobello
6Matt Hendricks
7Will Acton
LW1Taylor Hall
2David Perron
3Benoit Pouliot
4Luke Gazdic
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Teddy Purcell
3Nail Yakupov
4Steve Pinizzotto
5Jesse Joensuu
D1Justin Schultz
2Andrew Ference
3Jeff Petry
4Nikita Nikitin
5Mark Fayne
6Mark Fraser
7Keith Aulie
8Martin Marincin
G1Ben Scrivens
2Viktor Fasth