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Why the Oilers picked Krueger

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08:30 AM ET 06.28 | Many thought the Oilers were interested in culture change when Tom Renney departed, something that, on the surface, doesn't square with promoting Ralph Krueger. But the Oilers are convinced Krueger in the pilot's seat will be different enough than Krueger in the co-pilot's chair. And that his experience, most of it in Europe and notably with the Swiss national team program, will stand him in good stead, to say nothing of his intimate knowledge of the current Oilers. The 52-year-old Krueger is regarded as a very direct in his approach, a good communicator, one with sound technical knowledge and he even had the endorsement of Renney, who told the Oilers on his way out the door that Krueger would be the best man for the job.

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June 28, 2012  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Tambellini's useless. He hired Pat Quinn. Then he hired Tom Renney to "Co-coach" with Pat Quinn, which was totally ferked. Then he fired Tom Renney because he didn't like the direction the team was taking, and hires his left hand man. Not to mention he goes out and drafts another star forward rather than working out a deal for a D-man and goaltender that his team desperately needs in order to ACTUALLY progress and stop putting a mountain of pressure on his young, developing team. Meanwhile, Dustin Penner has a ring.

great opening comment

June 28, 2012  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Meanwhile, Dustin Penner has a ring.

Times two...

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June 28, 2012  09:48 AM ET

Why the Oilers picked Krueger

Um...because Tambellini is a moron, and no one else would take the gig working for him?

June 28, 2012  09:50 AM ET

So let me get this straight...Renny says that Krueger is that best man for the job on his way out the door...and the Oil listen to him. So does that mean that Renney wasn't listening to him when he was his best assistant...evident by where the Oil finished the season?
Well next year with the larger ice European ice surface the NHL is implementing I'm sure Kru...wait a minute...larger ice surface?

June 28, 2012  09:59 AM ET

I completely do not know how they sell the hire to Krueger himself ??? He was always right there? Tambellini may as well just say to him " we could not find anyone better , so you are it Ralphie " What a turd Tambellini is becoming

June 28, 2012  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Tambellini's useless. He hired Pat Quinn. Then he hired Tom Renney to "Co-coach" with Pat Quinn, which was totally ferked. Then he fired Tom Renney because he didn't like the direction the team was taking, and hires his left hand man. Not to mention he goes out and drafts another star forward rather than working out a deal for a D-man and goaltender that his team desperately needs in order to ACTUALLY progress and stop putting a mountain of pressure on his young, developing team. Meanwhile, Dustin Penner has a ring.

Agreed on most counts. I do not think they need a Goalie. DD had very good numbers in the last third, particularly when you consider the complete lack of D- man support he had.
Krueger was sitting there right after the firing of Renney. I f they knew he was it , why did they go through all the waste of time ?? Krueger must feel like the "thyroid challenged" lass who gets hit on at 2 am in the pub

June 28, 2012  10:08 AM ET

I'm not sure Krueger would have gotten the job without Renney's endorsement.

<tongue firmly planted in cheek>

June 28, 2012  10:18 AM ET

I completely do not know how they sell the hire to Krueger himself ??? He was always right there? Tambellini may as well just say to him " we could not find anyone better , so you are it Ralphie " What a turd Tambellini is becoming

June 28, 2012  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Meanwhile, Dustin Penner has a ring.

Sometimes, life ain't fair.

June 28, 2012  10:34 AM ET

Oh, they hired Ralph Krueger. When I read the headline I thought they hired Freddy Krueger. Now that would have shaken up the team.

June 28, 2012  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

great opening comment

Concur.

Nail hit on head..

June 28, 2012  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I completely do not know how they sell the hire to Krueger himself ??? He was always right there? Tambellini may as well just say to him " we could not find anyone better , so you are it Ralphie " What a turd Tambellini is becoming

Got you first time out there HC.

June 28, 2012  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Tambellini's useless. He hired Pat Quinn. Then he hired Tom Renney to "Co-coach" with Pat Quinn, which was totally ferked. Then he fired Tom Renney because he didn't like the direction the team was taking, and hires his left hand man. Not to mention he goes out and drafts another star forward rather than working out a deal for a D-man and goaltender that his team desperately needs in order to ACTUALLY progress and stop putting a mountain of pressure on his young, developing team. Meanwhile, Dustin Penner has a ring.

Dustin Penner has another ring!. That just made me lose two lunches. Laziest hockey player ever. Surprised the Leafs didn't go after him.

June 28, 2012  10:48 AM ET
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Got you first time out there HC.

Hank, what are you doing here so early?

June 28, 2012  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Sometimes, life ain't fair.

Still scratching my heads over that ones too.

June 28, 2012  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

So let me get this straight...Renny says that Krueger is that best man for the job on his way out the door...and the Oil listen to him. So does that mean that Renney wasn't listening to him when he was his best assistant...evident by where the Oil finished the season?Well next year with the larger ice European ice surface the NHL is implementing I'm sure Kru...wait a minute...larger ice surface?

The mighty Oil will rise again Bondo. Mark my warts!

June 28, 2012  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Hank, what are you doing here so early?

I'm in at my desk at 5:45 AM every day.....

 
June 28, 2012  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I'm in at my desk at 5:45 AM every day.....

You're usually a late arriver to this show......

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