Prince-Wright: Krueger 'doesn't want to close the door on anything'

May 17, 2017 - 11:38 am
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The search for a head coach of the Buffalo Sabres is in its early stages as many names have been brought up as possible targets, but none of those names have been known to have interviewed for the job.

It has been rumored that the Sabres could look to interview Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet for the job, while NHL Network's Chuck Gormley reported on Monday that Washington Capitals associate coach Todd Reirden is "in the hunt" for the job.

Now we can throw another name into the hat of possible head coaching candidates for the Sabres - former Edmonton Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger

It was first reported by TSN's Pierre LeBrun on Tuesday that Sabres general manager Jason Botterill may want to talk with Krueger about the team's open head coaching vacancy. However, LeBrun was unsure if Krueger would be available or interested to speak with the team.

Krueger, 57, is currently serving as the chairman of the Southampton Football Club in the English Premier League where he has been since 2014. According to Joe Prince-Wright of NBC Sports' ProSoccerTalk, Krueger has been offered two NHL head coaching jobs this postseason and has turned down both jobs.

Krueger had success this past September with Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey, coaching them to the World Cup of Hockey Final against Team Canada. In his one season coaching with the Oilers in the lockout-shortened 2013 season, Krueger finished with a 19-22-7 record and was relieved of his duties.

Prince-Wright joined Howard Simon and Jeremy White on Wednesday for his thoughts on Krueger and what he has done with Southampton in the Premier League. Prince-Wright also gives his opinion on if he thinks Krueger would return to the NHL if the opportunity presents itself.

You can listen to the full interview below:

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