Interesting day for Oilers tomorrow. Will announce Ralph Krueger as new coach at 9 am MT, meet with UFA Justin Schultz in TOR in afternoon.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 27, 2012
To the surprise of almost no one, the Oilers are expected to promote current assistant coach Ralph Krueger to the main squeeze position tomorrow morning. And you know what? I hope he knocks it out of the park.
Associate Coach Krueger has been the number one candidate since Tom Renney was relieved of his job over a month ago. While it’s no secret that Krueger inherits an offence that’s built for speed, the defence is going to need a mop.
What do I like about Ralph Krueger? Honestly, I like the fact he doesn’t have NHL coaching experience. The allure of getting someone on their third, fifth, or thirteenth NHL team doesn’t really ring clear for me right now. While I (mostly) don’t blame Renney for the way last season ended, it’s time for a new era. Perhaps this new era will also be known as the era of winning. It’s too early to tell.
The second interesting part of that tweet from Bob McKenzie is the Oilers are going to meet with free agent defenceman Justin Schultz along with their newly minted head coach. Justin Schultz is a highly coveted free agent after failing to come to a contract with the Anaheim Ducks. The 21 year old Schultz may not have Edmonton at number 1 on his list of teams to play for, but Schultz would have a shot at significant playing time with the Oilers (especially on one of the power play units) should he agree to a deal.
So like McKenzie says, it ought to be an interesting day tomorrow. And, welcome coach Krueger to the fold. Show him some love. Hopefully, we’re still sweet on him come December.
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