April 19 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Edmonton Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger on his bench in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers Fired Head Coach Ralph Krueger Via Skype


When you’re dating a crazy guy or gal and you just don’t want the confrontation of breaking up with them in person, you do it over text. I’d find a better way to do it and it’s not the classiest way of doing things, but according to hockey guru Terry Jones, that’s the way the Edmonton Oilers roll when they’re firing head coaches. Jones reports that when the Oilers fired Ralph Krueger on Saturday they did so over a Skype video chat.

That’s cold.

According to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, Krueger was asked to join a Skype video call and he was quickly informed that he was no longer the Oilers head coach soon after that.

“This past Thursday he requested that I accept him on Skype so he could Skype me,” Krueger said, via TSN.com. “When the conversation began he got right to the message that he felt it was necessary to hire a new head coach. That’s the way it went. The conversation was short.”

That’s even colder.

It’s not easy to be professional head coach but apparently it’s harder to fire them in person. But the Edmonton Journal states that Krueger took the firing better than others would have if they’d been axed in such a heartless way and he even wished the Oilers luck moving forward. The Oilers made a move to hire Dallas Eakins a day after firing Krueger and plan on announcing him as his official replacement on Monday.

The New York Rangers probably would have liked to know you could fire a head coach from hundreds of miles away when they axed the very unpleasant John Tortorella.

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  • jonquixote

    Jeez, welcome to the 21st century. How else would you fire someone when you’re in Canada and he’s in Europe, especially when there’s a new head coach in waiting. Spend a few thousand dollars to fly someone out there and hope that the news doesn’t break on TSN before that??

  • planetalker

    Hey Josh, is that your Mom’s basement? It’s a fast moving world and sometimes people have to act swiftly in order to do something decisive. Skype isn’t a text message. It’s as close as you can get to “face to face” when two parties are thousands of miles apart. In the time it took for MacT to travel all the way to Switzerland to fire Krueger someone else could have struck and stolen Eakins. MacT had to act now and did it. And as far as the Rangers are concerned, I’d be surprised if Sather even had a clue what Skype is.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Firing someone over Skype is lame. These people are all rich. They can afford to travel to take care of big business decisions. It is the classy thing to do.