The Things I Like About Ralph Krueger

Jonathan Willis
February 16 2013 11:51AM

When the Edmonton Oilers decided to hire Ralph Krueger to replace Tom Renney as head coach, I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, they knew Krueger better than any of the external candidates, and Krueger’s résumé was excellent (if unconventional). On the other hand, my preferred choice was Jon Cooper for a variety of reasons.

I still like Cooper, but I’ve been very impressed by Krueger so far.

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February 16 2013 10:00AM

For the Edmonton Oilers, Ryan Smyth and Ryan Whitney need to be a big part of this year's team. Their combined salaries ($6.25M) tell us these two players need to be in the heart of the order and to deliver. So far this season, the results have been disappointing, and coach Krueger responded with the most powerful weapon in his arsenal: cutting off playing time. Today, we see the impact.

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Robin Brownlee
February 15 2013 06:19PM

It's not often I disagree with Jason Strudwick, and I certainly can't remember a time I've disagreed strongly enough to write about it, but his suggestion today fans of the Edmonton Oilers should lower their expectations is as wrong as a comb-over in a wind storm.

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Step back from the ledge!

Jason Strudwick
February 15 2013 10:47AM

As a player I always knew Oiler fans were passionate but now that I am a member of the media I am getting an even deeper understanding of their passion for this team. I get a ton of texts and emails while doing my show. They are full of ideas from trades to line combos. I like getting them but it is hard to fully express passion through texts. That is why I love getting all the phone calls!

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February 15 2013 07:07AM

At 6.05, 230 Jeff Beukeboom was a giant of a man who had no trouble winning battles, clearing the front of the net and disposing of the garbage scorers. He could also pass the puck and play defense, and enjoyed a quality NHL career. 

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