Craig Ramsay, who spent his entire NHL playing career with the Sabres, on returning to Buffalo for Wednesday’s game. His debut in the city as head coach of the Thrashers comes one day after the organization introduced new owner Terry Pegula. The owner, a long-time Sabres season-ticket holder, even cried when mentioning players of the past – including Gilbert Perreault.
“It’s strange,” Ramsay said. “Every time I come in here it’s a bit awkward. I know so many people who are still here – in great positions and good people. I’ve coached a couple of playoff rounds against them. It seems like every time I come here there is something special going on. You would think you’d get past it. You never really get past it because this is some place I was for 22 years. I have a job to do and it’s to get my team ready to go and play their best.”