It’s been a tough run for the Buffalo Sabres in 2021, and they fired head coach Ralph Krueger on Wednesday because of it.
The Sabres (6-18-4) have the worst record in the NHL and are riding a 12-game skid.
“Of course, results matter,” general manager Kevyn Adams told reporters. “This is a results business, and where we are is unacceptable. It speaks for itself. But it’s deeper than that, and to change the culture and to do what we have to do to get this headed in the right direction, I felt this was the move we had to make.”
Assistant Don Granato will replace Krueger in an interim role for now. There is also the possibility the Sabres could hire a new full-time coach before season’s end.
“We have to be better in every single area of this organization,” Adams said. “It starts with me. I need to manage better, OK? I need to be better in every way. We need to coach better. We need to scout better. We need to develop players better. We need to practice better. I mean, you name it, we need to do it better, period.”
Former Las Vegas Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant, who led the Las Vegas Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first year of existence, has been mentioned as a potential Sabres hire. Others to keep an eye on include former Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien and ex-Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau.