Coach Fired Via Skype: Right or Wrong?

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Following just one year behind the bench, Ralph Krueger was fired this week as coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

Via Skype.

Yes, Krueger received the news from general manager Craig MacTavish while the 52-year old was on vacation in Switzerland with his family.

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MacTavish reportedly asked for his then-coach to accept him as a contact on the video network Saturday… only to quickly get to the point: Krueger was out after 48 games.

"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," Krueger told NBC Sports, adding that he didn't see the ousting coming "at all."

Edmonton finished 12th in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year.

"Until three days ago, I was 100 percent an Oiler and was fully engaged in doing the off- and on-ice planning for the season," Krueger told The Edmonton Journal. "I can move forward as quickly as anybody, but I would be kidding you if I said it doesn’t sting. It definitely stings."

Especially considering how it went down!

Sound off now: Is it wrong for a team to fire a coach over Skype?


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