Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/25/09 at 11:11 AM ET
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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