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June 14, 2007

Everybody Loves Mike Keenan


photo courtesy Eliot Schectner/Getty Images

Today's big hockey story is the hiring of "Iron" Mike Keenan as the new head coach of the Calgary Flames, replacing the fan-maligned Jim Playfair who has been demoted to assistant. Keenan, if you didn't know, won a Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994 and then proceeded to destroy every good relationship he's ever had in the NHL with each subsequent coaching job he took. The Rangers hate him. The Canucks and the Panthers hate him. The Blues hate him. He's not exactly best friends with Boston, either.

The reaction in hockey mediaville hasn't been all that favorable, either. Scott Burnside posted an article whose title should have been, "Mike Keenan? WTF?" Teebz at Hockey Blog In Canada is also not a big fan. And Jes Golbez at Hockey Rants sees the whole thing going south for the Flames real quick.

Oh, and Jim Rome just dissed Keenan on today's episode of "Jim Rome Is Burning" on ESPN and predicted a relatively quick dismissal or otherwise a speedy exodus of the team's talented players.

I'm completely in favor of Keenan being hired as Flames coach if it means the team ends up struggling to make the playoffs and all the best players are driven out. Nothing could be better for that organization, in my totally non-biased-toward-division-rival-Colorado-Avalanche opinion.

4 comments:

Jibblescribbits said...

Well one good thing is that a national TV sports personality was discussing Hockey, actual hockey news not fighting or irrelevance or something idiotic, in the Hockey offseason. that's good right.

Oh and Calgary just got 10 times more hateable

Mike Thompson said...

What's the over-under on the number of minutes it takes for Tanguay to cry at Iron Mike's first practice?

5 minutes? 6?

Teebz said...

I'm almost certain that Mike Keenan and Jarome Iginla will get into a fistfight this season.

My money is on Keenan... only because he fights dirty. Wear your cup, Jarome!

Dear Lord Stanley said...

Tanguay will be on another team after next season, I guarantee it.

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