Basically just an update on what's going on with the staff
Ramsay spoke to new Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, whose hiring was announced Wednesday. Thrashers GM Rick Dudley was told Sunday he would not be retained before the sale is approved later this month and the team relocated to Manitoba.
“It’s very unnerving not knowing what the future holds,” Ramsay told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday.
Ramsay said he was told by Cheveldayoff that a decision has not been made about the coaching staff. The still unnamed Winnipeg organization would meet throughout the weekend before making a final decision, he was told. Associate coach John Torchetti, assistant coach Mike Stothers and video coach Tony Borgford also wait to hear their future.
Several members of the Thrashers support staff have already been told they will not have positions in Winnipeg – including the equipment managers, athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coach. None were considered for positions despite their tenure with the Thrashers. Head equipment manager Bobby Stewart spent all 12 years with the Thrashers and 26 years with the Flames organization in Atlanta and Calgary.
Unfortunately for Ramsay and those awaiting news, it is very likely not good. TNSE clearly wants to go their own way as they have basically cleared out every single person in the old organization with the exception of the 4 mentioned in the article it appears.(And the scouting staffs, however I imagine after the draft a new director of amateur scouting is brought in and the scouting staffs similiarly purged) It is possible that one of them gets an Assistant job (either Ramsay or Tochetti probably) but the rest will likely be cleared out. That is if TNSE wants somebody familiar with the players still around, which is possible but certainly not assured.
Noel as HC and Ramsay as AC would be the best idea, at least IMO, so that there can be some kind of bridge between the two systems rather than just adding a whole new system on top of all of the other upheaval for the players this year. As said before Ramsay is a great teacher and Noel is a guy that would likely have been considered for other jobs this summer had this whole opportunity to move up the TNSE ladder not come up.
I still stand by my opinion that Ramsay is an incredible teacher and would be a great assistant. However head coach I do not believe he is ready.
Ramsay is 60 years old. If he's not ready yet, he never will be. It’s quite surprising that he has 25 years worth of NHL management experience (mostly as an assistant coach), and less than two years combined as a head coach.