Thu 14 Jun 2007
No, not with the Calgary Flames. The Calgary Sun is reporting that the Flames have hired Mike Keenan as their new head coach and that an announcement could some as early as today or tomorrow. The stories out of Calgary say that current Calgary coach Jim Playfair will remain with the oragnozation in some capacity – possibly as an assistant coach under Keenan.
If the announcement is made today, then it would come 13 years to the day that Keenan led the New York Rangers to their first Stanley Cup in 54 years.
Keenan’s return should light a fire under a Flames team that underachieved this season and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Detroit Red Wings. Keenan goes to Calgary with the reputation and wanderlust for being both Coach and General Manager. Things could be different this time around because Flames GM Darryl Sutter received his first coaching job when Keenan was the GM of the Blackhawks.
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