The Edmonton Oilers have decided to fire their head coach Ralph Krueger. The former Swiss National head coach took over after Tom Renney was relieved of his duties after last season. With Krueger behind the bench, the Oilers were expecting a big jump into the playoffs, but finished with an unreal season. They recorded a 19-22-7 season in the 48-game run they had. Was firing Krueger after just 48 games the right choice?
Personally, I think one half-season isn’t enough to show a team how well you coach a team. What could he have done with a whole season? It’s uncertain, but the Oilers will never know. New Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish made the decision, and Toronto Marlies coach Dallas Eakins s expected to take over the coach position. But is Krueger’s failure of coaching this season going to affect the team?
How well can a team function if they have three different coaches in three seasons? It’s said that Eakins works well with the younger players and knows success, which he has shown through the Toronto Marlies. Krueger could have shown more, but I guess it’s good that he is gone. If he leads his team to only 19 wins in 48 games, there is something wrong there. Hopefully for the Oilers, especially GM MacTavish, the team will hit the playoffs next year. If they make the playoffs next season, I think MacTavish has fulfilled his duties for the season. They have a strong enough team to do wonders throughout the season, but they don’t know how to use it and they can’t stop the pucks from going past the goaltenders.
It’s easy to blame the players for the losing season, but that’s because they are the ones
who aren’t scoring or saving the puck, but the coach is also a big factor. First they fired Renney last season, then they fired GM Steve Tambellini and replaced him with Craig MacTavish. Now as GM, MacTavish decided it was best suited for the organization to fire Krueger and replace him with a coach who led a great AHL team. Will this be the best choice for the Oilers though? It’s tough to call, so all we can do is wait until next season to find out. Let’s hope it is the right call.
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