Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Keenan going to Calgary
... and other fun late-night news

Since when does NHL news break at 10 p.m. on a weeknight in mid-June?

Mike Keenan is apparently the next head coach of the Calgary Flames. Scott Howson is the new GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Dominik Hasek is returning in Detroit, and Chris Gratton was traded to Tampa Bay.

And that Balsillie character? He is trying to sell season's tickets to a Hamilton team that doesn't yet exist (and that he doesn't even own).

I haven't the foggiest what's going on.

UPDATE I wonder how Kristian Huselius feels about all this. The talented Swede was often in Keenan's doghouse in Florida and was eventually dealt to the Flames for a song by the taskmaster himself.

Sportsnet's Jim Kelley confirms the Keenan reports and says this is a done deal and that Jim Playfair will remain with the organization. The outgoing coach was out of his element at times this season, and it may have cost the Flames a chance to advance in the postseason.


At 11:17 p.m., June 13, 2007, Anonymous Scott said...

As a Vancouver fan I'm thrilled about this. I hope they sign Messier next.

At 12:04 a.m., June 14, 2007, Blogger Professor Cat said...

Well there goes Calgary. Just because he happened to be coaching the Rangers in '94 doesn't mean that the guy is a good coach. If he was so great, then why have all the other teams he worked with tanked?

At 12:31 a.m., June 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Flames fan, I love the move. We need a veteran no-nonsense coach. Keenan's fifth all-time in wins and certainly didn't come cheap which is another good indication that the organization is committed to winning.

I'm just glad he's not GM.

At 12:50 a.m., June 14, 2007, Blogger Bethany said...

Ha, what a news goodness.

At 4:54 a.m., June 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot the OTHER big news of the day: Luongo appearing on Muchmusic.

At 9:45 a.m., June 14, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

Professor Cat, Keenan took a young Flyers team in 1987 to the Cup Finals and almost beat the powerhouse Oilers with a young Ron Hextall in net (he won the Conn Smythe). Kennan then coached Team Canada at the 1987 Canda Cup and won the 3 game finale 2 games to 1 with all 3 games ending with a 6-5 score over the USSR (the last great international series). Keenan then moved on to Chicago and took them to the Finals as well, before he became the Rangers coach. He's had a lot of success outside of New York, but it's all over a decade old by now.

This is a horrible move. Keenan is a power struggle everywhere he goes. He'll try and oust Darryl Sutter from his job. Sutter must feel comfortable with retiring from the game by next year.

This will ruin the Flames.

At 10:41 a.m., June 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Keenan as coach.
How original.
Hey Mikey the Leafs called. Do you think Raycroft for Kiprusoff is a good trade and Iggy for Kilger?
Just a thought.
Why don't they just bring back Al Arbour or Al McNeill instead?

At 11:10 a.m., June 14, 2007, Blogger Chemmy said...

Do you think if I bribed Keenan he'd let the Leafs be the recipient of his upcoming braindead trades?

We can't let the Canucks have all the fun again.

At 11:18 a.m., June 14, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

"Do you think Raycroft for Kiprusoff is a good trade and Iggy for Kilger?"

Don't be ridiculous. You have to trade former Keenan draft picks that haven't panned out for his superstars.

At 11:57 a.m., June 14, 2007, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

Sutter worked for Keenan as an assistant coach in Chicago in the early 90s, so he obviously feels he can work with Keenan.

Also, Sutter's as strong willed as Keenan and if "Iron Mike" crosses the line Sutter will smack him down. Sutter's entrenched as Flames GM and isn't going anywhere regardless of the coach.

In Keenan he gets a guy who thinks the same way he does, a no-nonsense disciplinarian. He'll work well with those who work hard, but others (hello, Huselius) might not. For this coming season and next, he should work out for them.

The only problem is that Keenan's act tends to wear thin after a two or three seasons, so hopefully Sutter can get a lot of mileage out of him over the next three years.

At 12:18 p.m., June 14, 2007, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

Huselius is not lazy. Keenan just didn't like him for whatever stupid reason. We saw how Huselius's talents could shine in the right environment, and now they've already shot themselves in the foot by hiring a coach who hates one of their better players.

Yes, as a Canucks fan, I am thrilled with this. Flames going down in fitting

At 12:54 p.m., June 14, 2007, Anonymous Frank said...

Keenan must be the only guy around who has collected more in severance settlements than salaries earned while working!

Its pretty clear Sutter has decided to blow up the team and rebuild it.

For the first phase of the project, Sutter has hired the best demolition man in the NHL.

As for Calgary fans, they can forget about any UFAs being signed by Calgary this year. Do you really believe Ryan Smyth, or any other UFA, would want to play under "Iron Mike"?


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