Edmonton Oilers Expected To Announce New Head Coach As Early As Wednesday

June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Nail Yakupov poses for a photo after being selected as the number one overall draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers in the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Edmonton Oilers appear ready to announce their new head coach. Oilers associate coach Ralph Krueger is the front-runner for the position.

The Edmonton Oilers are fresh off selecting young phenom Nail Yakupov as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft. Now it appears as though they are on the verge of announcing the hiring of a new head coach heading into the 2012-13 season.

Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that the Oilers could announce the new coach as early as Wednesday. The new skipper is expected to be Ralph Krueger, who has been an associate coach with Edmonton since 2010. A former NHL player, Krueger previously worked as a scouting consultant for the Carolina Hurricanes and served as the head coach of the Swiss men's national hockey team from 1997 until the end of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The new coach will replace Tom Renney, who took the Oilers' reins back in 2010. After a very disappointing 2012 season, Renney was informed that his contract would not be renewed.

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