Ramsay joins Panthers after Winnipeg rejection
Craig Ramsay has landed on his feet, taking a job as an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers.
It is a return engagement for Ramsay, who was associate coach with the Panthers at the beginning of their existence.
"It is great to be able to re-join the Florida Panthers organization and come back home again," Ramsay said in a statement. "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."
Ramsay was named head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers ahead of the 2010-11 season but was unable to guide them to a playoff berth. The Thrashers got off to a strong start, but fizzled over the second half of the season.
When the Atlanta franchise moved to Winnipeg, the new ownership group decided to hire Claude Noel as head coach.
Ramsay told Sportsnet.com on Wednesday that he was disappointed that the True North ownership group in Manitoba did not communicate at all with him or his Atlanta coaching staff during the period of weeks between when the move was first rumoured and when it became official.
He said it was only when Kevin Cheveldayoff came on board as the Winnipeg GM that he received a phone call, and that the delay prevented the Thrashers group from planning for their futures because other teams couldn't contact them due to NHL tampering rules.
Ramsay has also served as an assistant with Boston, Buffalo, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia. The 60-year-old Weston, Ont., native had brief stints as head coach with both the Sabres and Flyers.
Prior to that, Ramsay was a two-way forward who spent over 1,000 games in the NHL, all with Buffalo.