Winnipeg ensured of new coach after former Thrashers boss ruled out

WINNIPEG – The new NHL team in Winnipeg is truly starting fresh.

Former Atlanta Thrashers head coach Craig Ramsay was informed Monday that he had been ruled out for the position in Winnipeg, ensuring that the franchise will have new faces in all key positions.

A source told The Canadian Press that general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff had narrowed his coaching search to two candidates—Chicago Blackhawks assistant Mike Haviland and former Manitoba Moose head coach Claude Noel.

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Ramsay, a Stanley Cup winner as an associate coach with Tampa Bay in 2004, spent just one season behind the Thrashers bench.

The team went 34-26-12 under his watch last year and missed the playoffs.

Ramsay had an interview with Cheveldayoff before being told he wasn’t being retained.

Longtime Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish was also considered for the position and told he wouldn’t be hired.