Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - The Edmonton Oilers brought in renowned defensive forward and former NHL head coach Craig Ramsay as an assistant on Tuesday.
Ramsay's last stint behind an NHL bench came when he served as head coach of the Thrashers during their final season in Atlanta, going 34-36-12 in 2010-11. He also saw two more interim head coaching jobs with the Sabres in 1986-87 and the Flyers in 2000-01.
The 63-year-old also held assistantships for the Lightning (2001-07), Panthers (1993-95, 2011-13), Bruins (2007-10), Flyers (1998-2000) and Senators (1996-98).
Ramsay will be called upon to guide the Oilers' power play and in-game defensive adjustments. An accomplished checker, Ramsay once participated in 776 consecutive games as a player for Buffalo, and totaled 672 points in 1,070 appearances over 14 seasons for the franchise. He won the Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward in his final campaign of 1984-85.
In addition, Edmonton announced that Kelly Buchberger will transition from an assistant coach to an as-yet unspecified role in the player personnel department.