Krueger: 'I enjoy being spontaneous and adaptable'

The new Sabres head coach joined Schopp and the Bulldog on Wednesday

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May 15, 2019 - 4:13 pm

The Buffalo Sabres have finally made a decision on a new head coach, hiring Ralph Krueger as the 19th head coach in franchise history.

The team made the announcement official on Wednesday, however the new Sabres coach was not officially introduced because he had prior obligations over in England as he wraps up his tenure as the chairman of the Southampton Football Club in the English Premier League.

Krueger replaces Phil Housley behind the Buffalo bench, and will look to reverse the trend of firing coaches after just two seasons. 

Despite being in England, Krueger took the time to join Mike Schopp and the Bulldog on Wednesday to talk more on becoming the next head coach of the Sabres, the interview process, and his coaching style.

Here is some of what he had to say:


Krueger on his potential opportunities to coach again in the NHL: 

"There were opportunities in Europe of many sorts. I was approached by teams in the NHL, the conversation with Jason [Botterill] woke the passion to coach again." 


Krueger on his approach to coaching and his unique style: 

"I don't believe any head coach is a 100% on anything. It's about putting the pieces together at the right time." 

"I enjoy being spontaneous and adaptable. Love to use my staff. I've learned a lot more doing sport science in the Premier League. I want to bring that here." 


Krueger on spending time in Buffalo and interacting with fans: 

"I wanted to feel the heartbeat of the season. I've been to the city a few times, I understand the passion and the history, but wanted to know what the market was saying." 

"Went to six bars, would sit beside someone at a bar to talk about the Sabres, just to hear what the fans thought. I enjoyed the adventure." 

"I walked around by the water, love the architecture. Like the artsy development going on. Really nice renovations going on by the arena. It's a good spot for the wife to be in." 


You can listen to the entire interview below:

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