Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger tests positive for COVID-19

Krueger joins four of his players in the NHL's COVID-19 protocols.

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Not only have four Buffalo Sabres players entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols, but the team announced on Thursday that head coach Ralph Krueger has tested positive for COVID-19.

Krueger, 61, is in his second year as head coach of the Sabres. He has his team out to a 4-4-2 start to the 2020-21 season, and has posted a 34-35-10 record in 79 games coached.

The Sabres played the New Jersey Devils this past weekend in a two-game series at KeyBank Center. New Jersey was already in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak, and as of Thursday had 17 players in the league’s protocols.

The four Sabres players that are in the COVID-19 protocols are Rasmus Ristolainen, Taylor Hall, Brandon Montour and Tobi Rieder. It is still unclear if all four players have tested positive for COVID-19, or they have been deemed as close contacts of anyone that has tested positive for the virus.

Buffalo’s season has been put on pause through, at least, Monday, Feb. 8 with four games being postponed.

Buffalo's next scheduled game is Thursday, Feb. 11 against the Washington Capitals.