Ramsay pleased with True North interview
Kirk Penton, QMI Agency
Winnipeg’s NHL franchise is one step closer to determining who its head coach will be.
The brass of the yet-to-be-named team interviewed Craig Ramsay for the position on Saturday.
Ramsay coached the Atlanta Thrashers last season and is attempting to hold on to the job when the team begins play in Winnipeg this fall.
“It went well,” Ramsay said in a text message. “I enjoyed the conversation.”
Ramsay added he wasn’t given a timetable as to when the team might name its bench boss, but there is speculation he was the final candidate to get an interview.
Ramsay is believed to be one of four finalists for the job.
The others are Chicago Blackhawks assistant Mike Haviland, former Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish and Manitoba Moose coach Claude Noel.
Ramsay guided the Thrashers to a 34-36-12 record last season. He was 43-25-11 as the Philadelphia Flyers head coach in 2000-01 and was 25-37-6 after replacing Scotty Bowman behind the Buffalo Sabres bench during the 1986-87 campaign.
He has been either an assistant or associate coach in 14 other NHL seasons.
— with files from Ken Wiebe