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Jimmy, Mike, Nik and Zach

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Well, it’s been pretty quiet on the Winnipeg Jets front these days - yes, there have been some minor goings-on, and in a hockey-starved town like this one any small development gets some big play. Personally, I’m don’t think I have the ability to hang on every tiny detail over the summer - it might actually drive me nuts. Until I start seeing some real Jets jerseys on some real Jets players, I’m going to keep enjoying the warm Winnipeg summer - the calm before the storm. We’ve waited fifteen years - what’s a couple more months?

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Will Mike Keane End Up Behind The Winnipeg Bench?

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Could the Winnipeg Jets be turning to Mike Keane to round out their coaching staff?

With news that Ray Edwards has declined the opportunity to be an assistant under Claude Noel, there’s still at least one opening on the staff and multiple sources told The Sun on Wednesday that Keane is interested in getting behind the bench for his hometown team.

Prior to having his jersey retired by the Manitoba Moose in February, Keane hinted he was open to getting into coaching should the right opportunity arise and former Montreal Canadiens bench boss Jacques Demers believes Keane would be a natural.

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Keane Gets Honored In Manitoba

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Manitoba Moose will retire Mike Keane’s No. 12 jersey tonight in a celebration of his time both with the local pro franchise and his storied NHL career.

Keane, who won three Stanley Cups with three different teams before spending his final five years as a pro with the Moose, will be the first player to receive such an honour from the hockey team.

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Will Mike Keane Play Another Year?

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Manitoba Moose seem to have reached the conclusion they should begin considering life after Mike Keane.

Keane, Moose captain for the past five seasons, hangs in limbo these days, waiting to hear if he’ll be given the chance to play one more season.

After 22 years of pro hockey and at 43 years old, the fire still burns for Keane.

But this decision doesn’t lie just with the player. Management has to be a willing partner for the dance to continue.

So far, the Moose have had very little to say on the subject. Presumably, they are weighing their options on what Moose GM Craig Heisinger calls an “organizational decision.” In other words, the GM alone won’t be making the call on Keane’s future.

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Keane Remembered In Denver

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Is Mike Keane not one of the best sports stories out there?

Keane returns to Denver on Tuesday night to be honored by the Avalanche as part of its Alumni Night series this season. Of course, the Avs had to find a night on the Moose’s schedule when they weren’t playing to get Keane to visit.

Keane is in the middle of his fifth consecutive season with the Moose, playing for chump change after 1,161 games of making NHL money. At this point, Keane really is playing for the love of the game, as it seems hopeless any NHL team will give him another chance.

He has been eyed by many NHL teams, but only as a coach or a front- office guy. But Keane stubbornly resists, believing he can still be of good use to a team in a jersey and skates, not a suit.

I have a lot of great memories as a writer covering Keane. He was always a personal favorite, not just because he gave a great quote — who can forget his “They’re all a bunch of homers” rip on the Red Wings in 1997? — but because he was smart and funny and a merciless needler.

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