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Keenan Fails Again

from Jeff Gordon of The Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

He coached another promising Flames team to another playoff failure. Regular readers of the Hockey Guy blog were not surprised by this unhappy turn of events.

Keenan was destined to fail. Predictably, he wore down goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

He gave lumbering Todd Bertuzzi a wide berth. He orchestrated the exit of needed skilled players. He didn’t get enough out of Dion Phaneuf and Jarome Iginla, franchise cornerstones, leaders who were supposed to be his type of players.

Keenan has never been a great tactician. He has never been the hardest working coach in the league, either.

His forte was motivation – and his famous intimidation tactics became ineffective once players began earning millions to play their sport.

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You Call This Fan Friendly?

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

What does a team owe its media and fans when it makes a coaching change? There are rules for opening dressing rooms after games, but after firings? The Calgary Flames employed that old political gambit of releasing bad news late on a Friday afternoon to announce that Mike Keenan was out as coach after two seasons. The Flames put out a terse press release and said GM Darryl Sutter would have no further comments till tomorrow, four days later. And that comment would not include the identity of Keenan’s replacement.

While Calgary may not equal Toronto in its media urgency, waiting four days to explain a major personnel change still smacks of arrogance for a franchise that promised it would be more fan friendly when it almost expired earlier this decade.

more plus other NHL topics, including how HNIC viewed the Kronwall hit…

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Keenan Didn’t Adapt To The Current NHL

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

“Mike’s a guy who was coaching in his heyday in the ’80s and early ’90s when he had his success,” Regehr said late Friday afternoon after news of Keenan’s dismissal broke. “If you don’t adapt, it doesn’t work anymore. It’s become a lot more technical.

“We just were lacking in that area.”...

Since 1996 in St. Louis, his teams have not advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs.

“The biggest difference from back then is the margin of error,” Regehr said.

“The margin of error was a lot greater back then. You were able to play that type of hockey. There was so much talent on some of those teams. There was a big, big discrepancy. They could just turn it on in a period and win games and do it on a regular basis.”

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  Tags: mike+keenan, robyn+regehr

Brent Sutter Not Thinking Calgary

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Devils coach Brent Sutter told The Post last night that the firing of Mike Keenan by elder brother Darryl Sutter in Calgary “has zero impact” on whether he will return behind the New Jersey bench next season….

“Absolutely not. It has nothing to do with my thinking,” Sutter told The Post. “I’m employed by the New Jersey Devils, and that’s the way I look at it.”...

There have been rumbles that GM Lou Lamoriello would not be heartbroken if Sutter decides not to return for the third year of his lucrative contract. One wise man suggested that if Sutter isn’t coming back after next season, Lamoriello might want to cut the cord now.

But Lamoriello surely would want compensation from a team that might sign Sutter, a first-rounder is the going rate, especially if the coach was to go to Calgary.

more & I recall reading that compensation for a situation like this is no longer allowed…

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Keenan Fired

Reporting live from my hospital bed, waiting to check out.

via TSN,

Breaking News:

Sources tell TSN the Calgary Flames have fired head coach Mike Keenan and will announce the move shortly. Details to follow.

added 6:09pm, Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that Mike Keenan has been relieved of his coaching duties with the team.

“Our team did not meet expectations,” said Sutter. “Following detailed evaluation over the past three weeks, and taking into consideration all factors affecting our season ending result, we believe this is a necessary change required to allow our team to continue toward our objective of winning the Stanley Cup.”

“The Calgary Flames organization appreciates and respects Mike for accepting the opportunity to come to Calgary and are thankful for his efforts over the past two years.”

Other members of the Flames coaching staff remain subject to further review and evaluation

 

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Sutter Believes In His Core

from George Johnson ot the Calgary Herald,

As we sift through the fallout of the latest comeuppance, there’s been growing chatter from apoplectic fans about the

Flames perhaps considering the unthinkable—dealing one of the four cornerstones in the club’s foundation—captain Jarome Iginla, defencemen Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr, along with Kiprusoff—while market value remains high.

From Sutter’s tone Monday, that ain’t happening….

“If you’ve only got four of them,’’ he argued, “then all you’ll be doing is fighting to get into the playoffs every year.’‘

Phaneuf, at 24, the ideal You-Tube age defenceman—heavy on the highlights, light on the consistency—has come in for the most flak. And justifiably so. He was highly erratic most of the regular season, and then beat to blazes come playoff time. His upside is such that not investing at least one more year of time and effort, despite the inherent frustrations, seems foolish. A lot of people believe what he needs is a good-sized cowboy boot (old junior coach Brent Sutter’s favoured brand, perhaps?) upside the rear end to knock him off his high horse and get him to listen.

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Calgary Fans Looking For A Shake-Up

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

They want heads to roll after a fourth consecutive first-round playoff disappointment.

Those people are the 2,500-plus Calgary Sun readers who voiced their opinion by taking part in the You Be The Boss survey posted for the better part of a week both in the paper and online calgarysun.com.

Asked if this team needs a major overhaul, more than 1,500 voters said ‘yes.’

Based on the survey results, that shakeup should begin just under the GM on the totem pole and end with former Norris Trophy finallist Dion Phaneuf.

In Sutter they still trust, apparently, after he assembled a team that in January was walking away with the NHL’s Northwest Division title.

It would be interesting to see a follow-up vote if the GM doesn’t do what they hope and expect and rid the team of Keenan before next fall.

read on

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Lemaire A Perfect Fit For Calgary

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Expected to address the media sometime Monday, Sutter wouldn’t surprise anyone if he cut Keenan loose.

The question is who comes in if Iron Mike isn’t back as he said he believed he’d be for the final season on a three-year contract?

While many would jump at the chance to coach a team with as much talent as the Flames—on paper if not in practise over the past few post-seasons—few would keep their hands in the air if told it would be a one-year deal.

He’d have to be a little crazy.

Jacques Lemaire would be perfect.

Formerly of the Flames’ Northwest Division foe Minnesota Wild, Lemaire has often been accused of having a couple of screws loose.

He’s also a great coach.

And just what this team needs after struggling to return to the defensive roots that in 2004 got it past the first round in its first playoff appearance in eight years.

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Calgary’s Next Moves

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:

Here’s a thought for the Calgary Flames to ponder, as they enter another off-season answering the same old questions about their future, both short-and-long term, and why they’re always good enough to make the playoffs but never good enough to win any rounds. Would they consider moving Dion Phaneuf, a 24- year-old defenceman, only one season removed from qualifying as a Norris Trophy finalist?

It would be a counterintuitive move on one level because if Phaneuf ever matured into a dominant defenceman, a la Chris Pronger, it is a decision that could backfire in a big way.

However, it is hard to imagine the Flames standing pat with their current core, given that they haven’t been able to win in the playoffs with the group they’ve got.

much more

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Calgary Flames Media Day

Al Cameron of the Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald, from Mike Keenan’s press conference:

Also interesting was Keenan’s somewhat condescending point (or maybe I’m just a little over-sensitive) that, yes, he’s been a member of the media in the past, and yes, he knows the pressures we’re under from higher-ups (yes, you editors know who you are!) to draw conclusions and pass judgement on hockey matters, but maybe, just maybe, we don’t know the full story in all cases..

A bit more from Keenan about this year’s playoffs here, mentioning that he plans to be behind the bench next season, and a few other points.

And what did Miikka Kiprusoff have to say today? Another posting from Cameron:

Hey, whaddya know? Miikka Kiprusoff, for the second straight year, has elected to blow off the media and, by extension, blow off the fans of the Calgary Flames by not speaking on garbage bag day.
Yes, I know his job is to stop pucks for the Calgary Flames, not speak to the media, but at some point he’s got to say something to the people who pay a good chunk of his salary by buying tickets to see him play.
No such luck this year. Thanks for nothing, Miikka . . .

 

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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff, mike+keenan

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