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SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has hired Craig Ramsay as the club’s new assistant coach.
“It is great to be able to re-join the Florida Panthers organization and come back home again,” said Ramsay. “I look forward to working with Head Coach Kevin Dineen, the entire coaching staff, our management team and all our players as we strive to reach our goals and objectives. Having previously served as associate coach during the team’s first two seasons, I have seen firsthand the passion that the South Florida community has for hockey and I look forward to being part of it once again.”
“I never got a phone call from the Winnipeg people when they apparently bought the team. None of us did. There are always three choices: ‘We want you; we don’t want you or we really don’t know at this point because we don’t have a general manager in place.’ At least then the communication is open and you’ve spoken to the (new owners) and that didn’t happen. It’s disappointing. I think with 40 years in the business you deserve a call from them to let you know where things stand and where they think they are headed.
“The fact that they dragged it out meant there were jobs that were going by the wayside while we were under the assumption that perhaps Winnipeg was interested in bringing our group along. It was a month or more just sitting by the phone waiting for things to happen while you are under obligation not to talk to other teams because of tampering charges….”
Craig Ramsay on the new ownership in Winnipeg. More from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet.
From Chris Vivlamore via Twitter:
Former #Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay will take an assistant’s job with Florida. Official announcement likely tomorrow.
The next time we see Rick Dudley should be when he thanks Rammer (Craig Ramsay) for his service, wishes him nothing but the best, reminds us all that it wasn’t all his fault…then introduces the next head coach for the Atlanta Thrashers, John Torchetti.
We can then only hope that the head coach’s exit door can at least stop swinging before we begin to think he needs to be shown it too.
-Bill Tiller of the Atlantal Journal-Constitution where you can read more on this topic.
We’ve said it several times this season – that the Southleast is no more. With 308 combined points in the standings, Tampa Bay, Washington, Carolina, Atlanta and Florida comprise the Eastern Conference’s top division by that standard. Only the Pacific Division (321 points) has had more success as a group this season in the entire league. There’s even a fighting chance that four Southeast Division clubs could make the playoffs.
Suffice it to say, anyone still knocking the hockey played down here in this corner of the continent can be officially discredited. Clearly, anyone in that category hasn’t been paying attention this season.
Beyond team accolades, when the book is closed on the 2010-11 season, the Southeast Division has a legitimate chance for representation in almost every major year-end individual award. Some have sturdier ground to stand on than others in that respect but several individuals from Southeast clubs look to at least be in the conversation for some hardware in Vegas in late June.
Since premature awards speculation has started to heat up at a few other media outlets – always fun to keep tabs on ESPN’s Trophy Tracker but no Tampa Bay love in the Adams race, really? – here’s a list of potential trophy candidates from the Southeast Division, in no particular order.
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from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
To appreciate 59-year-old head coach Craig Ramsay and the impressive job he has done running the Atlanta Thrashers this season, you need to know his story about the time he cheated death.
Ramsay, who grew up in the East Toronto community of Weston, was troubled by stomach problems since age 14. He popped Rolaids the way some people slurp coffee. Ramsay suffered from ulcers. He was just about to begin his NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres in 1971, when he underwent his first stomach surgery. “I didn’t even tell the Sabres,” Ramsay confessed.
He endured another operation a decade later, but the condition worsened in 1993 when he had to be rushed to the hospital on Friday, Aug. 13 because he was bleeding to death. He needed two surgeries over the next 10 days, which resulted in the removal of his stomach and his oesophagus being connected directly to his small intestine.
We now know what Craig Ramsay wants from his team.
For the Atlanta Thrashers, a team with just one playoff appearance in ten National Hockey League seasons (and not a single post-season victory to their credit), the time for a fresh start was clearly at hand.
By first turning a negative into a positive in moving on from superstar sniper Ilya Kovalchuk late last season and then raiding the cabinet of the cap-crunched Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta begins their new era, under both a new general manager and head coach in Rick Dudley and Craig Ramsay, with a wealth of promising youth and several veterans with recent championship experience.
They may no longer boast an individual showstopper but that formula wasn’t producing a consistent winner in Blueland anyway (and that alone rarely does as much anywhere). The post-Kovalchuk Thrashers appear to be headed for greener pastures, though there will be that little issue of replacing his 45+ goals, of course.
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