Reports on Tuesday night say that the Buffalo Sabres will name Ralph Krueger as their next head coach.

Krueger was the head coach of the Swiss national team from 1997 to 2010 and then served as an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers for a pair of seasons. He then took over the Oilers bench in the lockout-shortened season of 2012-12. Before he was fired, he would compile a 19-22-7 record.

He was also an important during the 2014 Winter Olympics as he was on the bench as a consultant for Team Canada who picked up the gold medal in Sochi.

Krueger also got into associated football as a director, and later a chairman, of Southampton FC. He would return to the arena to coach Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey where the team surprisingly finished in second place.

The 59-year old will replace Phil Housley behind the Sabres bench, who was fired on April 7. Buffalo’s front office interviewed six candidates before they made the decision that Krueger was the one for them.

Buffalo has a lot of young, talented stars that are led by Jack Eichel and Rasmus Dahlin however, they finished the 2018-19 season with the fifth-worst record and has not seen the postseason for eight consecutive seasons, the longest active playoff drought in the league.

Krueger’s contract with Southampton expires on Wednesday, making him a free agent even though he was dismissed by the soccer club last month. He will likely sign a three-year contract to coach the hockey club.

The Sabres have been looking for a fresh star and this will likely be the breath of fresh air they have been looking for over the last ten years.