Ex-coach Ramsay slams Jets owners

Former Atlanta Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay ripped into Winnipeg's True North Sports and...

Former Atlanta Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay ripped into Winnipeg's True North Sports and Entertainment Wednesday over the way he was treated after the company bought the team.

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Former Atlanta Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay ripped into True North Sports and Entertainment Wednesday over the way he was treated when the team was purchased and moved to Winnipeg.

Ramsay told Sportsnet’s Mike Brophy Wednesday True North didn’t communicate its intentions to him and said it wasn’t fair that they left him hanging while the organization searched for a coach.

“I never got a phone call from the Winnipeg people when they apparently bought the team,” Ramsay, who lost out on the Winnipeg job when Claude Noel was hired, told Brophy. “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.

“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. When Kevin Cheveldayoff got the (GM) job he at least called right away. Other than that we were just sitting there and waiting and that’s not fair.”


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