Shannon: Wouldn't surprise me if Krueger is named President

June 23, 2020 - 4:49 pm

The Buffalo Sabres fired a good chunk of their hockey department last week, and in the process made Kevyn Adams the teams General Manager. Adams and Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger are now the two lead voices making hockey decisions, but Sportsnets John Shannon believes Krueger's role could grow.

Shannon joined Schopp and the Bulldog on Tuesday afternoon. Here's some of what he had to say:

On Kevyn Adams being named GM

"I think Kevyn Adams might have the biggest job in the National Hockey League right now. Plus, trying to rebuild a scouting staff, whatever that scouting staff is supposed to look like. I don't view this just on Kevyn Adams plate. I see the imprint of Ralph Krueger on this too. I think it's going to be a 1-2 punch."

On Ralph Krueger's role growing

"It would not surprise me within 24 months that Ralph Krueger is the President of Hockey Operations. It would not. He has a strong suit in that management. I also think, he has the ability to maybe solve a bit of those morale issues that the organization has right now. I do think there's a bigger role for Krueger than just being the head coach."

On the Sabres roster moves this offseason

"I think that Krueger will say, 'you know what, I can make him a better player. There are some guys that I wants out'. There are some guys that have received some criticism that Krueger will think he can fix. Ristolainen at the top of the list."

Shannon also talked about the NHLs return to play plan and why he's pessimistic the season will finish at all with Schopp and the Bulldog. You can hear his time with the guys in its entirety below.

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