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Ramsay in contention for Atlanta job

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  June 8, 2010 11:14 AM

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Craig Ramsay, Claude Julien's lead assistant, is a candidate to replace John Anderson as the head coach of the Thrashers.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ramsay interviewed with Atlanta GM Rick Dudley, his former boss in Tampa, this past weekend. Ramsay, hired by Dudley when he was the Tampa Bay GM, served as a Lightning assistant coach from 2001-07.

Dudley is also considering Chicago assistant John Torchetti. The Massachusetts native was an assistant in Florida from 2002-04 when Dudley was the Panthers GM

The 59-year-old Ramsay oversees the defense for Julien and is well-regarded by the defensemen, who praise him for his calming presence and tactical savvy. If Ramsay lands the Atlanta job, the Bruins could place assistant Doug Houda behind the bench. During games, Houda has been working from the press box in an eyes-in-the-sky role.

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