FOOOOLKS Happy Humpday and Happy New Coach Day as the Sabres have announced that Ralph "The Ralph" Krueger will become the 19th Head Coach in team history.
Let's face facts, anyone can get hyped for him and his inspirational outside-the-box methods, and anyone can get bummed that they didn't get a guy with more recent "NHL experience." The media outside Buffalo seem to be relatively positive:
And the skeptics can still be negative, "everyone gets fired up for a new coach!" And they would be right, BUT how short was the #HousleyHoneymoon ??? Something tells me "The Ralph" has not only done his research and is ready for the long haul. Nothing, and THE ROCK MEANS NOTHING supports my point as much as what he told @TheInstigators in his lunchtime interview with them following his presser (via phone):
That's not pretty cool. That's very cool. That's "Arthur Fonzarelli kick-start the jukebox catch a coke thrown to him, walk out with one on each arm" cool. Could you imagine some of the spots he stopped into? Gotta imagine 716 had more of a touristy "Trade Eichel" vibe .... then you gotta think maybe made his way to The Curtissssssssssss where investors are still in amazement at the revenue streams of the Pegula Empire despite both teams being sub .500, then finally he probably hit Allen St. Of course he stopped for a nice Penne Pink Vodka-Al's Way at Giacobbi's Cucina Citta, then makes his way to Frizzy's!!!
Gotta think at Frizzy's he played some darts and got a box of Rolling Rock splits, half of which he left on a pool table in the back. You have to think this is where the fanbase started to turn him, the unbridled optimism that any Frizzy's patron possesses simply had to have rubbed off on "The Ralph."
Like Simba returning to Pride Rock, he made his way to Falley, the most inspirational story of all. Mobbed by the thousands fitting into 440 sq feet of bar space, he listens with open ears and an even more open heart as they tell the devastating low of losing their favorite bar: Encore.
However, it wasn't dismay that "The Ralph" took away from this, but the positivity that this group had the resilience to not only withstand such a lowpoint but to bounce back with the fervor of an irritated Lindy Ruff. It was at Falley Allen where Ralph Krueger realized, "I can win a Stanley Cup in Buffalo."