Report: Canucks interested in former Oilers coach Ralph Krueger

Ralph Krueger. (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI/Getty)

After dismissing head coach Willie Desjardins following a 30-43-9 record, the Vancouver Canucks are searching for his replacement.

There are a number of candidates available, including Travis Green who has been behind the bench of Vancouver’s AHL affiliate in Utica for the past four seasons. But, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, there’s a chance the Canucks look outside of the NHL for their next hire.

Krueger is currently the chairman of Southampton of the English Premier League. In September, Krueger was the head coach of Team Europe in the World Cup, and led that team to an unlikely appearance in the final against Canada. Prior to that, Krueger served as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, when Edmonton went 19-22-7.

After that season, Krueger was replaced by Dallas Eakins, who lasted one full season plus 31 games and won just 36 times.

After Krueger’s success at the World Cup, there’s been a growing sentiment that he wasn’t given enough of a chance with the Oilers and would be a great hire for any NHL team. But with Krueger holding such a high profile job in England, it’s not clear he would want to return to an NHL bench.

Still, he leaves the door open for a potential turn by suggesting his focus is on the Saints “for now.”

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