TAMPA, Fla. -- Craig Ramsay was fired Thursday as associate
coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, a move team officials attributed
to philosophical differences with coach John Tortorella.
Ramsay had been the club's top assistant since joining the
Lightning during the 2000-01 season. During his stay, he helped the
team win a Stanley Cup and two Southeast Division championships.
General manager Jay Feaster said it was time for a change
because the relationship between Ramsay and Tortorella had
deteriorated since Tampa Bay's Stanley Cup run in 2004.
"At the end of last season, John Tortorella and I met to
discuss this, and beginning at the NHL entry draft in Vancouver
last summer we had a series of staff, as well as individual,
meetings to try to reconnect and recapture the closeness we once
had as a group," Feaster said.