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Ramsey Fired

RamseyOne of hockey's good guys is out of a job today as Tampa Bay has released assistant coach Craig Ramsey after seven seasons with the Lightning.

Apparently Ramsey and John Tortorella didn't see eye-to-eye on some things. I'm sure a lot of people find that hard to believe.

"Over the course of this past season, it became apparent to me, and to John, that we still had some fundamental philosophical differences between our head coach and our associate coach on a number of issues,'' Lightning GM Jay Feaster wrote in a release e-mailed out Thursday morning. "After having a series of meetings with various  members of the organization, we have regretfully, yet necessarily, chosen to make a change in the coaching staff effective immediately.''

Ramsey played in the NHL for 14 seasons and has been the head coach in Buffalo and Philadelphia. Ramsey, a cancer survivor, has also been an assistant in those two cities. Ramsey has also been an assistant coach with the Panthers and Senators. Ramsey was an assistant for Florida's first two seasons under Roger Neilson, leaving when Roger got fired after the 1994-95 season. Ramsey spent two years as an assistant under JM in Ottawa from 1996-98.

"We thank Craig for his seven years of service to this franchise and for his hard work and dedication in helping us become Stanley Cup champions,'' Feaster continued. "Rammer will always be a part of the Lightning family as a member of that [championship] team. So many players have benefited from Rammer's guidance and wisdom over the years, and he will be deeply missed by all of us. Rammer is a great person and a tremendous hockey man, and we wish him every continued personal and professional success.''