After weeks of interviews, it appears the Atlanta Thrashers have settled on a new head coach, and it’s going to be Bruins assistant Craig Ramsay.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley had coffee with Ramsay in Los Angeles Wednesday and then Ramsay had dinner with team president Don Waddell. The official announcement could come today or tomorrow. The AJC reports the official announcement will come later today.
In addition TSN is reporting that Blackhawks assistant John Torchetti will join Ramsay as associate coach. Andy Strickland’s Twitter feed says that the Bruins would not let Ramsay leave for a lateral move as an assistant.
Ramsay has been a key cog in Bruins head coach Claude Julien’s staff since he was hired in 2007. Ramsay, a star forward in his playing days, worked tirelessly with the penalty kill and the Bruins’ defensemen. This would be his first full-time head coaching job in the NHL, although he was twice named interim head coach.
“Eye in the sky” Doug Houda would be a candidate to move behind the bench in Ramsay’s place, while outside candidates would also be considered as well.