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Ralph Krueger insisted on his opening conference call with Buffalo reporters Wednesday that the 2019 Sabres are ahead of the Edmonton Oilers he coached in 2013, who were mired in the "rebuild phase completely." The Sabres, of course, have big-name talents Jack Eichel, Rasmus Dahlin and Sam Reinhart, as well as the promise of many younger players on the NHL roster and in…

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Ralph Krueger did not intend to leave for the NHL when he spoke to Jason Botterill about the Buffalo Sabres' coaching vacancy in 2017. As chairman of English Premier League's Southampton F.C., Krueger was amidst his own managerial search and was not ready to walk away from a project that consumed his life since he was dismissed as coach of the Edmonton Oilers following …

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When Ralph Krueger sought to find out more about the Sabres and the City of Buffalo, he went undercover in a handful of bars during a visit late last month. The 59-year-old coach watched two Stanley Cup playoff games, switching venues at the conclusion of each period, and asked patrons about the team he could coach next season. The fact-finding mission revealed a passio…

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Ralph Krueger's first task as Buffalo Sabres coach will be to meet with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart next week in Slovakia, where both players are competing at the IIHF World Championship. The more pressing conversation could be with Jeff Skinner, the Sabres' leading goal scorer who will become an unrestricted free agent if he is not signed to a contract extension befor…

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While texting this week with a Western Conference colleague about Buffalo Sabres coaching candidates, he stopped me in my tracks when he asked if I ever had seen the commercials for Dos Equis, the Mexican beer that featured "the most interesting man in the world." "I think that is Ralph Krueger," my friend said confidently. "Who else has been an NHL head coach, ran Sout…

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It's official: The Sabres announced Ralph Krueger as the 19th coach in franchise history with Sabres GM Jason Botteril holding a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Is Ralph Krueger the correct hire for the Buffalo Sabres? Sabres beat reporter Lance Lysowski answered questions and gave his analysis of on Facebook Live Wednesday morning. What are your thoughts …