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Krueger: “Interesting chats” about NHL, but committed to Southampton

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Southampton Chairman Ralph Krueger gives the thumbs up as Southampton owner and director Katharina Liebherr looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Norwich City at St Mary’s Stadium on March 15, 2014 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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Hockey has rarely been far from the conversation when it comes to Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger, with Wayne Gretzky talking him up and Krueger coaching Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Considered a leader’s leader at Southampton, his first foray into the Premier League, the 57-year-old Krueger is widely considered to have gotten a raw deal from the then-dysfunctional Edmonton Oilers in his only NHL coaching gig, and the Canadian played two seasons in the WHL before moving to hockey’s Bundesliga in 1979.

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The NHL’s Vancouver Canucks reportedly want to give Krueger his next shot, and the Saints chairman had this to say to respected hockey journalist Elliotte Friedman.

“For now” may seem ominous, but it’s similar to comments he made back in September regarding his tenure at Saints in the face of NHL speculation.

Krueger is an impressive man and Southampton an amazing enterprise, but will the lure of his first love eventually win out?

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