Thursday, June 14, 2007


Just when you thought he ruined enough franchises, Mike Keenan is back. According to the Canadian Press, Mike Keenan will be hired as head coach of the Calgary Flames

Here's just a list of Keenan's "accomplishments" as head coach:

Here is some of the highlights of Mike Keenan's coaching career:
If he is hired by the Flames, it will be his eighth team, which would tie the pro sports record held by Roger Nielson and Larry Brown:

Most Different Teams Coached
Four Major Sports

Roger Neilson NHL 8
Larry Brown NBA 8
Mike Keenan NHL 8<<
>>Including Flames

Keenan has not made the playoffs as a coach since 1995-96 when he lost with the Blues in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Red Wings on the famous Steve Yzerman slap shot from the blue line in double OT

Since winning the Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1993-94 (his only season with the club), Keenan has just one playoff series victory, that also coming in 1995-96 with the Blues

Keenan has been replaced during a season three times and was a midseason replacement three times as well, all of this coming since the 1996-97 season

Keenan has not lasted longer than four seasons with any franchise and both of those stops came early in his first two NHL head coaching jobs ('84-85 to '87-88 with the Flyers and then '88-89 to '91-92 with the Blackhawks).

Following the 1995 lockout, Keenan has only managed to coach a full 82-game season twice ... '95-96 with the Blues and '02-03 with the Panthers, winning no more than 32 games in those seasons.

And here's some memorable Keenan moves:

August 7, 1992 - Trades Dominik Hasek to Sabres for goalie Stephane Beauregard and future considerations

July 27, 1995 - Trades LW Brendan Shanahan to Hartford for D Chris Pronger

August 4, 1995 - Trades G Curtis Joseph and RW Mike Grier to Edmonton for 1st-round picks in 1996 and 1997. The picks St. Louis got for Joseph and Grier were their picks that they had previously relinquished to Edmonton when Keenan signed Shayne Corson

February 27, 1996 - Acquires C Wayne Gretzky from L.A. for F Craig Johnson, D Roman Vopat, F Patrice Tardif, and No. 1 and 5 picks ... Gretzky signs with the Rangers that summer

July 1996 - Signs LW Joe Murphy to 3-year, $9.8M contract. Murphy scored 24 goals in 102 games with St. Louis, and it took three months after Keenan was fired for the Blues to find a taker for Murphy.

June 2006 - Traded Roberto Luongo, defenseman Lukáš Krajícek and a sixth round pick to the Vancouver Canucks for forward Todd Bertuzzi, defenseman Bryan Allen and goaltender Alex Auld. Vancouver managed to sign Luongo to a 4 year, $27 million deal.

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