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Coach Ramsay waits for word from Winnipeg

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Craig Ramsay will have to wait at least two more days before finding out whether he has a future with Winnipeg’s NHL hockey team.

Ramsay, the veteran head coach of the Atlanta, spoke to new Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff Thursday night and won’t know of his fate until after the weekend. Cheveldayoff’s hiring was made official on Wednesday and he and assistant GM Craig Heisinger have been making a number of telephone calls since to Atlanta Thrashers’ staff uncertain whether they would be wanted in Winnipeg or not.

"It’s very unnerving not knowing what the future holds," Ramsay told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday.

Ramsay said Cheveldayoff told him no decision had been made about the Thrashers’ coaching staff, including associate coach John Torchetti, assistant coach Mike Stothers and video coach Tony Borgford,

Heisinger did tell some members of the Thrashers’ support staff, including the equipment managers, trainers and the strength and conditioning coach, of their fate in person on Monday after flying to Atlanta. While there, Heisinger apparently also took inventory of the equipment and other physical assets.

"It’s awkward," Ramsay said. "We are hockey people, but we are also people. There are other jobs. … I just asked him to [make a decision] expeditiously."

Ramsay was the fifth head coach in Thrashers history and guided the team to a 34-36-12 record, good for 12th in the Eastern Conference and out of the playoff picture. And while he is waiting for official word after the weekend, he does seem resigned to getting the pink slip.

"I didn’t think it would end like this," said Ramsay. "I can’t look into the future. I saw what I thought was a good opportunity to work with someone I had known for years (in former GM Rick Dudley). I thought we could improve the team. I’m sorry we didn’t get there."

Ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

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