This is a topic Big Shooter and I have discussed before. Does Rick Dudley have his nose in his coach's business too much?
Consider the Byfuglien to defense issue. For weeks, Dudley spoke to the press about the possibility of moving Big Buff back to the blueline and we didn't hear a peep from Craig Ramsay. Finally, right before camp, we get word from Rammer that indeed the big guy would "come to camp as a defenseman."
Ramsay was hired by Dudley who had just spent weeks talking up Byfuglien's potential as a blueliner, so what choice did he have? The fact that he worded it with the qualifier of "come to camp as" sounded like he wasn't totally sold on the move.
Then, reading Chris Vivlamore's blog post on Chris Thorburn playing center, we get this gem from Rammer: “I have a pretty good hockey guy around me in Dudley, who informed me he thinks [Thorbs] could [play center]. If he says so, I believe him. So we are tying to give him a bit of a look.”
Is this a coach listening to what he feels to be sage advice and trying something out, or is this a coach getting leaned on by a micromanaging General Manager?
We know Dudley didn't get along with folks in Tampa and was fired. We know that he didn't get along with his head coach Mike Keenan (who does?) in Florida and Keenan eventually replaced him as GM.
I admit I don't have a mountain of evidence to which I can point, but is it something we as Thrasher fans should be concerned about?