May 16, 2019 - 7:51 pm

So the last time I left town, the Buffalo Sabres fired their coach. This time, the Sabres hired a coach.

Ralph Krueger will be the 19th head coach in franchise history, and I've got to admit, it's a name I once thought about, but had it drift away.

In April of 2017, fresh off the firings of Tim Murray and Dan Bylsma, the Sabres were looking to change direction. On April 20 of 2017, I tweeted:

So yes, the Sabres hired a guy that I was pushing for... but there's one thing. I was pushing for Krueger as the next general manager. So he'll be the coach. Ok. That works. I find that there's an awful lot to like about Krueger as an idea, or a concept. He comes with a resume filled out with successes in different walks of life. By now, you've probably heard or seen all of the positive things being said, right? Hey... I'm on board for now.

It just has to work, though.

If it doesn't, I'll be the first one to wonder if the general manager that hired the coach, goes before that coach. Krueger is 100% the type of candidate that, a few years from now, we can use the phrase "kick him upstairs and hire ___". When the Pegulas first bought the Sabres, they had advisors and consultants all over the place. Those numbers have dwindled over the years. In steps Krueger, and if he's as good at this as he has been at so much else, he might find his way to a job that rises above coach.

I know, I know... getting ahead of myself... but, it's the kind of thing that I wonder about with this hire that I wouldn't be wondering if it were Sheldon Keefe or Dave Tippett. Krueger is overqualified, to a degree. He's absolutely worthy of a spot with the franchise, but the next logical question I have is... is coach that perfect spot?

Maybe I just have too much Game of Thrones on the brain? Or maybe... this will be one.

But in the Game of Thrones, you win, or you die.



We'll bounce around for a bit before we binge Thrones at the end, and give you my hot Daenerys take, and my prediction for the finale...


With the hiring of Krueger, I've decided that I am a living embodiment of the "infinite monkey theorem". That's the one that says: a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type any given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.

I tweet a lot, right? I've got tanking, and Ryan O'Reilly, Evander Kane, Brandon Montour, and now Ralph Krueger! I guess it can be applied that a talk show host that covers a franchise that's always seeking ways to fix what's going wrong, will eventually accurately predict something that happens.

Or... maybe we're on to something? If so, that means one thing.

Next mission: Royal blue


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