It has been a busy off season thus far for the Edmonton Oilers. Aside from signing a big Russian defenseman and almost landing a potential star goalie from Finland, Craig MacTavish has been making plenty of headlines in the Alberta capital. He did promise change and so far he’s living up to that promise.
The most recent and perhaps most radical change came over the weekend when the Oilers announced they had fired head coach Ralph Krueger after just one, lockout shortened season. Some say he wasn’t given a fair shake at the job. Others say he wasn’t the right guy to run this team from the day he was hired. It was reported that Krueger asked for an associate coach with experience and Eakins was on that list, so maybe he was the cause of his own dismissal? Regardless, the decision was made and now it’s on to the next head coach.
With Dallas Eakins expected to be named the new head coach later today, the Oilers will have their third head coach in three years. Consistency is needed with this club and we’ll look at that later today, but for now we want to get your opinion on the Ralph Krueger firing.
Was it fair to relieve him after one season just because Eakins was available now? With the threat of him being scooped up by either the Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks or New York Rangers, MacTavish decided to act promptly to ensure he could hire Eakins and Krueger was the victim as a result.
Do you agree with the Ralph Krueger firing? Take part in our poll and let your voice be heard.
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