Craig Ramsay will be named head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday or Friday, a source told ESPN.com.
Ramsay was an assistant coach with the Boston Bruins last season.
Ramsay also coached the Buffalo Sabres for 21 games in 1986-87 and the Philadelphia Flyers for 28 games in 2000-01. His career coaching record is 16-27 with six ties. He has also been an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
As a player, Ramsay had 672 points in 1,070 career games over 14 seasons with the Sabres.
Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.