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A Head Coach Issue In Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

You can fire Krueger on hockey reasons and you would be justified. But there's a bigger issue at play now: Just like ownership and a neophyte GM who has disappeared from view despite numerous media outlets seeking comment, Krueger has a credibility problem.

In his case, it's gone, at least in the public eye.

The fans are done with Krueger, like they are with just about everything else surrounding this inept franchise. In the wake of a series of missteps by Krueger in the last week, the media can no longer believe anything he says. Back-to-back shutout stinkers to Philadelphia over the weekend gave off the distinct aroma that the players have checked out on him.

And it sure seems Krueger's captain was less than pleased with him after Sunday's game.

Jack Eichel, believed to be mostly in Krueger's corner, hurt his foot/ankle during a collision with Nico Hischier on Tuesday night in New Jersey. Through the binoculars from high above Prudential Center, I watched Eichel standing and flexing his foot on the bench during a television timeout.

Eichel didn't take the morning skate Thursday, with Krueger saying he was taking the workout off for maintenance. No issue. Happens all the time. Eichel appeared at night to take the pregame warmup fully, including rushes with his line, but was then announced as a scratch a couple of minutes before faceoff.

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Well, years ago I wanted Blashill gone and this guy was on my list to replace him, so I guess I deserve to eat some crow.

And yet, it’s hard to believe that we could’ve lost more games under him.

Posted by Ventr on 03/02/21 at 10:28 AM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Who will Eichel pick for a Coach!!  TRADE him!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/03/21 at 03:27 AM ET

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