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Interesting article out of Edmonton yesterday. Krueger as been approached by Edmonton, and has been politely declined. But Kruger does allude to other potential opportunities in hockey. 

 

Considering his resume as a culture-builder with Southhamption and his other hockey related experience I still think he'd be an excellent president for the Canucks. And there is an opening there with Linden's departure. 

 

Leiweke is already in that role in Seattle and Edmonton isn't an option, so I wonder if we now have a chance here to get in some actual sports exec leadership into a senior role here. Jim's great at scouting etc., but Kruger is the kind of overall organizational culture leader that would be great for this team, imo anyway.

 

JONES: Krueger on Oilers GM job: 'That's a chapter you just can't reopen'

Ralph Krueger may be the best man available for the job but the former head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, who was fired over Skype by then-general manager Craig MacTavish, is not interested.

 

Fired at the end of a lockout shortened season in order for MacTavish to clear the way to hire Dallas Eakins, Krueger went on to reinvent himself as chairman and president of Southampton FC for six seasons in the English Premier League, the ultimate soccer circuit in the world.

 

Despite a groundswell of support in Edmonton to replace Peter Chiarelli as GM and head of hockey ops that friends in town informed him about, Krueger says he is not interested in an interview with Oilers Entertainment Group vice-chair and CEO Bob Nicholson for the job.

“I don’t see my next step being in Edmonton as much as I really, really enjoyed everything about my time there. That’s a chapter that you just can’t reopen,” Krueger told me via cell phone, while still on the job for Southampton until his resignation goes into effect at the end of the EPL season.

Krueger said having no interest in returning to Edmonton has nothing to do with his departure or what he may or may not have discovered about the Oilers organization during his three seasons here, the first two as an assistant to Tom Renney, now the head of Hockey Canada.

“No hard feelings. None. Not on my part. It’s just as a leader, I don’t believe in going back into a situation you were already in once,” he said. “I think getting into something new and fresh is always important. That’s kind of my personal style.

“I loved my time in Edmonton. It was shorter than I would have liked, but it was special in my memories and I’m going to keep it that way.

“I would want to do something fresh and something new if it was in hockey,” said the former Swiss National coach known for upsets over Canada and most recently for the success he enjoyed coaching Leon Draisaitl and Team Europe to the final of the World Cup of Hockey.

“After six years in my role now, I’m also looking at options in football somewhere else in the Premier League.

“I’m kind of in a strange space right now with my tool kit. It’s trying to figure out where that tool kit best fits for me, also to be challenged again and to grow.

“I like to go after things that are different and challenging and where I can do my best to make a difference.

“I’m still not sure where that might be but there are options in both sports. I just have to come clear with where the right move is right now. But I am very hungry to find another challenge, that’s for sure.”

Getting fired by the Oilers for no good reason (see ‘McLellan, Todd’, etc.) actually turned out to be a tremendous break with the opportunity that followed.

 

“The owner in Southampton wanted to change the culture of the organization and that’s really what my main job was,” Krueger said of Katharina Liebherr. “She’s a Swiss woman who had inherited the team after her father passed away. We were introduced by someone who knew both of us.”

 

Liebherr sold the club two years ago and Krueger’s contract ran until the end of this season.

“I was committed to finishing that contract,” he said. “It was to hire specialists in all the different areas and I really got a blank slate there. I really enjoyed that process. It’s kind of like a job done now. I feel it’s time for me to move on.

 

“To stay in the Premier League now, six years in a row for a club that works on a sort of self-sustaining budget and always has to live within our means was a challenge. It’s just the right time to move on to something else.

 

“This Southampton job became such a baby of mine over six years that I’m still working hard to make the transition. The reason I had to make the move now is that the transfer window opens right when the season ends,” he said of the final days of play.

“My brain has only, for 10 days or so, begun to open up to what the options are and where I’m going to go, but I haven’t made any concrete decisions.

 

“I’m just starting to have some conversations but I couldn’t tell you where this is going to end right now. I’m definitely not going to be in a rush. It’s really important for me to find the right thing than the timing of it.”

 

All the Winnipeg native knows for sure is he plans to spend part of his summer, as always, at his cabin near Kenora, Ont.

“July at the lake is an important time for me and I’d never give that up.”

 

His does offer a message to Edmonton fans:

“My memories of my three years in Edmonton were amazing and extremely positive and I wish for them that the franchise can live up to their expectations in the future and I wish them all the best with that.

“I’m telling you the truth that I’m so grateful for the time I had there and the experiences I had. They prepared me for what happened in Southampton. Experience at a high level of professional sport, whether in Edmonton or Southampton or Pittsburgh or Liverpool, there’s a similar dynamic. I was able to learn so much in my three years there. I could not have done the job I’ve done now without that Edmonton experience.”

 

https://edmontonsun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/edmonton-oilers/jones-krueger-on-oilers-gm-job-thats-a-chapter-you-just-cant-reopen

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41 minutes ago, smokes said:

Can we please hire somebody with actual experience in the NHL in the job we are actually hiring him to do?

Why not use the McDonalds motto?  Just hire some exCanuck flunky and he can get on the job training.  Imagine Dennis Kearns as President.  He can ask you if you want ketchup with your fries right away!  

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41 minutes ago, HerrDrFunk said:

I'm genuinely curious, why do people think Krueger is someone worth getting? His hockey resume is pretty unimpressive. 

As it relates to hockey, he was a pretty good head coach.  Had to Oilers going in the right direction.  Fortunately for us, they had Larry, Moe and Curly as the executive management team in Edmonton and decided to replace him with Dallas Eakins.:P

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14 minutes ago, Jimmy McGill said:

because of his ability to run a major sports franchise and build it the right way. He has the hockey knowledge + has proven himself to be a team building leader on a very tough stage in euro soccer. The skills are transferrable. 

Kruger is great blend of "hockey man" but not just a hockey man. He has the hockey man resume, but he has had crazy success in other facets, which tells me that he isn't just the typical NHL recycling of guys that paid their dues and knew the right people.

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1 hour ago, HerrDrFunk said:

I'm genuinely curious, why do people think Krueger is someone worth getting? His hockey resume is pretty unimpressive. 

I don't know if you watch any soccer, but the man is an absolute genius.  He found Pochettino (the coach who is now at Tottenham).  Van Diijk, Lambert, Lallana, Clyne, Mane, Wanyama, Schniederlin, Lovren, Forster, toby abderwieler, tadic, graziano pelle, 

 

The guy finds little known gems and turns them into gold.  He also sells them on before they loose their value. 

 

Not emotional, runs it like a business, but understands talent.

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I'm all for bringing in someone like Ralph Kruger.  First, Ralph is a great first name.  I was a huge Ralph (Dieter) Brock fan when he was QB'ing the Bombers when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

 

But seriously, Ralph Kruger strikes me as someone with the experience (running a Premier League FC is probably one of the most difficult jobs in professional sports), leadership qualities and personality that could re-set the 50 year culture of mediocrity (sprinkled with a few bursts of winning runs).  I especially like his humility and grace.  And being from Winnipeg also helps (where I'm from...btw, Winnipeg has produced many CEOs and leaders in industry).

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35 minutes ago, CaptainLinden16 said:

I don't know if you watch any soccer, but the man is an absolute genius.  He found Pochettino (the coach who is now at Tottenham).  Van Diijk, Lambert, Lallana, Clyne, Mane, Wanyama, Schniederlin, Lovren, Forster, toby abderwieler, tadic, graziano pelle, 

 

The guy finds little known gems and turns them into gold.  He also sells them on before they loose their value. 

 

Not emotional, runs it like a business, but understands talent.

He'd really be a nice balance to Benning if they were to work together. Benning seems much more emotionally invested. Having that business minded but not cold guy like Kreuger would be a good blend.

 

I think Linden was also too emotional and it didn't mesh as well because you have two similar people working together instead of multiple perspectives.

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