Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Bruins’ assistant coach Craig Ramsay is soon-to-be named the next head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers.
“And maybe the biggest news, I’m also told that it looks like Craig Ramsay will be the next head coach. An announcement could come as soon as Thursday. I don’t have it confirmed but TSN is reporting that John Torchetti will be named associate coach.
Ramsay interviewed with the Thrashers several weeks ago. The 59-year old has served stints as head coach for Buffalo and Philadelphia. He has also served as an assistant with Florida, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and, most recently, Boston. He was an assistant with the Bruins for the past three seasons.”
Ramsay, a former left-winger with Buffalo, appeared in over 1,000 NHL games with the Sabres and posted 252-420-672 totals—including a Selke Trophy-winning year in the 1984-85 season.
Ramsay, after winning a Stanley Cup as an assistant coach in Tampa Bay in 2004, came aboard the Bruins’ coaching staff with head coach Claude Julien in 2006, while handling the team’s defense and most of the penalty-kill portion of its special teams. His tutelage, along with Julien, helped Boston become one of the best defensive and penalty-killing teams in the NHL. If/when Ramsay is anointed the promotion in Atlanta, Doug “eye in the sky” Houda is a likely coaching candidate to move down from the ninth-floor to bench-boss duties.