The coaching search began unofficially last week in Winnipeg, and today former Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay interviewed for his own job. Unsurprisingly, this was the result:
Craig Ramsay will NOT be coach of Winnipeg franchise. Was informed Monday.
Ramsay joins Rick Dudley, the scouts, the equipment staff, and a heck of a lot of other individuals who have been left jobless by the Thrashers' sale and move to Winnipeg, which is expected to be approved at tomorrow's Board of Governors meeting. When the new team decided to not continue with Rick Dudley in his position as general manager, one could say that the writing was on the wall regarding Ramsay. The coaching search is expected to take a few days, which shouldn't hinder the team at the draft - Atlanta didn't have Ramsay and his staff fully in place at this point last year.
A popular name bandied about for the coaching job is former Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish, who was fired from Edmonton at the end of the 2009-2010 season, after leading that team to a 27-47-8 record, the worst in the NHL. The previous season much better, with the once storied (and some say up and coming) Oilers franchise finishing with a 38-35-9 record, which amounts to a 23 point drop-off for the team.
EDIT: Never mind on the MacTavish talk:
Craig MacTavish also told he's out in Wpg. Down to Noel and Haviland.
My money's still on former Columbus Blue Jackets coach (and coach of the AHL's former Manitoba Moose) Claude Noel, though it depends on if Vancouver lets him go. If they let him interview, they'll probably be ok with him leaving.
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