Former Oilers coach Ralph Krueger fired over Skype

Former Oilers coach Ralph Krueger. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press/AP)

Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish fired head coach Ralph Krueger after just one season on Saturday. The most interesting part about Krueger's dismissal: it happened over Skype.

”This past Thursday [MacTavish] had requested that I accept him on Skype so that he could Skype me," Krueger told TSN. "When the conversation began it went to business very quickly and he was quite clear with the message that he felt it was necessary for him to hire a new head coach.

"The conversation was short. I didn’t really dig deep cause…I could feel the decision was final so it wasn't really necessary for me to understand it.

“I would say it was maximum five minutes and it was done," Krueger said.

According to, Krueger was in Switzerland while Craig MacTavish was in North America, which may explain why the interaction took place on the video-conferencing platform instead of face-to-face.