Ralph Krueger to become next Sabres head coach, report says

Ralph Krueger has a new job.

According to a TSN report, Krueger will replace Phil Housley as the Sabres head coach.

Krueger, 59, previously coached the Oilers in 2012-13. He finished his time in Edmonton with a 19-22-7 record and did not make the playoffs. But, he has had success on the international stage as coach of Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The team made it all the way to the championship game, where it ultimately fell to Team Canada.

Recently, Krueger had been serving as the chairman of the Southampton Football Club in the English Premier League. He held that position for six seasons before being dismissed by the team last month.

Buffalo is hoping for a fresh start with Krueger after failing to make the playoffs for almost the entire last decade, including two seasons under Housley.

Housley was fired at the beginning of April after finishing 33-39-10. The team missed the postseason for the ninth straight year and fell to 13th in the Eastern Conference — a good 22 points behind the Blue Jackets for the second wild card.

The Sabres’ official announcement is expected as soon as Wednesday, the Buffalo News reported.