Coach Fired Via Skype: Krueger Out As Oilers Skipper

    June 10, 2013
    Shaylin Clark
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Nobody likes getting fired, but the way its done can have a huge impact on the experience. Hang around the internet long enough, and you’ll read stories about people getting fired in all sorts of creative ways: over Facebook, Twitter, text message, or even Skype.

Skype was the weapon of choice for the upper management of the Edmonton Oilers NHL team. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish contacted head coach Ralph Krueger via Skype over the weekend to let him know that the Oilers organization “felt it was necessary to hire a new head coach,” Krueger told Ryan Rishaug of TSN.

Krueger, who was just finishing up his first season with the Oilers, received the call while on vacation in Switzerland with his family. He said that MacTavish had contacted him to ask that Krueger accept a friend request on Skype so that they could talk. Krueger described the conversation as “short.”

The Oilers went 19-22-7 this season, which was shortened by a player strike. Krueger was the Oilers third head coach in four years. There is no word yet on who the next head coach might be.

  • http://newbizshop.com derek

    That is so unprofessional firing someone via. internet.

    The upper management has no balls to call him into the office after he get’s back from vacation? Great job on messing up his family vacation which was to relax.

    I’m sure he called his agent and stuff after getting the axe to see if he can get his name in the hat for another coaching job. The Oilers firing coach’s every year it seems. It takes a coach more then 1 year to rebuild a team. There is no magic wand to wave and the team becomes a playoff team 1 year later.

    I think they should of gave the coach 1 more year then fire him if no signs of improvement. I lost all respect for the oilers management.