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Posted 24 August 2012 - 01:57 PM

Keenan wants back in the NHL: “I still have the intellect for it, the knowledge and the passion”:

It has been more than three years since Mike Keenan last served as coach of an NHL team. His up-and-down run involving eight teams over 25 years ended in 2009, when he led the Calgary Flames to their last Stanley Cup Playoff appearance.


But after an eventful summer, the man known as "Iron Mike" is still hoping for another shot in the NHL.


For Keenan, things picked up markedly in April, when he was announced as the new coach of the Canadian hockey team for the 2013 Maccabiah Games, an international sporting event in Israel in which thousands of Jewish athletes representing dozens of countries compete in more than 30 sports. For Keenan, whose ex-wife is Jewish and whose daughter was raised in the faith, it was a unique opportunity.


"I have a real sense of the faith and the people. My mother-in-law escaped Auschwitz [concentration camp] and I went to Auschwitz in 1972 and had conversations with her after that," Keenan told NHL.com. "My involvement is deeper than hockey. That's a large reason why I wanted to get involved."


With former NHL player Greg Gilbert and former New York Rangers assistant coach Mile Pelino serving as his assistants, Keenan held training camps over the summer in Montreal and Toronto. The process of assembling a roster will continue until next June, by which time Keenan will name his team for the competition, which was first staged in 1932 and will open in Jerusalem on July 18.


In the midst of putting together his Maccabiah Games team, Keenan's summer suddenly took an interesting turn after he received a call from Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee regarding that club's coaching vacancy after Dale Hunter stepped down in May. Adam Oates ultimately got the job, but the long look from the Capitals renewed Keenan's hopes for another opportunity in the NHL.


"I'd love to coach back in the League. You never know if the game is going to call you back or not," Keenan said. "I still have the intellect for it, the knowledge and the passion for the game."


There certainly aren't many coaching resumes quite like Keenan's. The 1985 Jack Adams Award winner has won championships in junior hockey and the American Hockey League, along with his 1994 Stanley Cup with the Rangers. But Keenan, who will turn 63 in October, is older than any current NHL coach. With a third of the League's bench bosses 46 or younger, he is hoping to buck the trend toward hiring younger coaches.


"[Scotty] Bowman coached almost until he was 70. [Ken] Hitchcock set a good example. He's the oldest coach in the League (60) and won Coach of the Year," Keenan said. "I know if I can get back in the League I can do a superb job. Whether that will ever happen, I have no idea."


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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:00 PM

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:02 PM

Keenan can scrub toilets for the NY Islanders. I'm not sure why this guy gets so much credit, he's a terrible coach and worse GM.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:02 PM

:sick: Anywhere but here. And by here I mean anywhere but North America.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:03 PM

"The intellect"? When I stop laughing and can type again, I'll finish reading his self-promotional attempt (but fail) at comedy.........

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:05 PM

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:07 PM

Keenan can scrub toilets for the NY Islanders. I'm not sure why this guy gets so much credit, he's a terrible coach and worse GM.


Mike Milbury is the absolute worst though.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:08 PM

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:12 PM

Right after Mike Milbury.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:14 PM

I actually don't think he was given a fair shot in Calgary.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:15 PM

I dont know much about Keenan. But whats with all the hate? Wasnt he a former canuck coach?
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:17 PM

I dont know much about Keenan. But whats with all the hate? Wasnt he a former canuck coach?


Yes, he was........hence the hate. You need to do some research into Canucks history.


And Mike Keenan's track record as a coach anywhere.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:25 PM

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All that needs to be said about his coaching pedigree.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:58 PM

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All that needs to be said about his coaching pedigree.


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Posted 24 August 2012 - 03:00 PM

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 03:48 PM

I hate this guy's coaching style. Similar to Trots, except that it doesn't work as well.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 05:16 PM

He thinks he can still do it in the NHL, but it's passed him.
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Posted 25 August 2012 - 02:24 PM

I actually don't think he was given a fair shot in Calgary.


He should have never been given a shot. He was instrumental in ruining the Flames. 2 years of zero defense, no focus on special teams, overplaying Phaneuf and reinforcing all of his bad habits, feuding with Kiprusoff, and completely mismanaging players like Tanguay and Huselius.

I hope no team in the league has to suffer with Keenan. The guy is off his rocker as far as I'm concerned and he will run any team into the ground with his complete lack of detail-oriented coaching.
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Posted 25 August 2012 - 02:42 PM

Yes, he was........hence the hate. You need to do some research into Canucks history.


And Mike Keenan's track record as a coach anywhere.


I'll never forgive him for the way he destroyed our team. Only time in our franchise's history it was actually too painful to watch the game.

He's a disgrace to the profession and I wouldn't hire him to coach a BCHL team.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 02:54 PM

he wasnt all bad i mean

Keenan's resignation came shortly after he dealt Florida Panthers' franchise goaltender Roberto Luongo along with defenceman Lukas Krajicek and Florida's 2006 sixth-round draft pick (Sergei Shirokov) to the Vancouver Canucks for struggling forward Todd Bertuzzi, goaltender Alex Auld, and defenceman Bryan Allen.
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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:30 PM

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:32 PM

he wasnt all bad i mean

Keenan's resignation came shortly after he dealt Florida Panthers' franchise goaltender Roberto Luongo along with defenceman Lukas Krajicek and Florida's 2006 sixth-round draft pick (Sergei Shirokov) to the Vancouver Canucks for struggling forward Todd Bertuzzi, goaltender Alex Auld, and defenceman Bryan Allen.

Maybe this was his way of making things right with Vancouver.
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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:39 PM

1) Fire AV

2) Hire Keenan

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:41 PM

I do not think his style would mesh with our players very well.
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Posted 25 August 2012 - 04:40 PM

My Dad's got a conspiracy theory that the NHL sent Keenan in to destroy our team because it was too good and the market wasn't big enough so they wanted other teams to be on top. While I take it with a grain of salt, Keenan really did dismantle the team, trading Linden, breaking up Bure and Odjick, etc.
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Posted 26 August 2012 - 12:53 AM

He should have never been given a shot. He was instrumental in ruining the Flames. 2 years of zero defense, no focus on special teams, overplaying Phaneuf and reinforcing all of his bad habits, feuding with Kiprusoff, and completely mismanaging players like Tanguay and Huselius.

I hope no team in the league has to suffer with Keenan. The guy is off his rocker as far as I'm concerned and he will run any team into the ground with his complete lack of detail-oriented coaching.


to be fair, Keenan at least made the playoffs with them.
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Posted 26 August 2012 - 03:02 AM

God help us all. Talk about wearing out your welcome...
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Posted 26 August 2012 - 12:16 PM

to be fair, Keenan at least made the playoffs with them.


The Flames made the playoffs despite Keenan. They would have made the playoffs with Playfair as well. During Keenan's time, both Iginla and Kiprusoff were in their prime and players like Tanguay, Huselius, Langkow, Phaneuf, and Regehr were also playing at the top of their game. Keenan's coaching, or lack thereof, led to a complete lack of on-ice accountability. Iginla became a prolific perimeter player, Tanguay was relegated to defensive and PK situations before being traded, Huselius was given free-reign to be a one-way zero responsibility player, Phaneuf was pretty much allowed to play however he wanted leading to his reckless pinching and piss-poor defensive play, and Kiprusoff was ridden into the ground and all of the goaltenders were put through playing behind a team that forgot how to play basic zone defense.

Go watch some of the highlights from the Keenan era (07/08 and 08/09 seasons) and watch how much the Flames players skate around aimlessly when the puck turns over and heads towards their defensive zone. Watch how much Iginla cherry-picks and doesn't commit to any defensive play. Ditto for Huselius. I watched every single game during Keenan's tenure and I will honestly say that the fact that the Flames made the playoffs during those seasons was a miracle and a testament to the prime of its core players. That team completely forgot how to play basic defense and I would argue that over the past decade, Keenan's Flames were one of, if not THE worst defensive team in the league and most objective Flames fans who watched those games would agree with me.

I hope no team in the league has to suffer with Keenan.
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Posted 26 August 2012 - 12:36 PM

Suck it Keenan!
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Posted 26 August 2012 - 01:08 PM

I dont know much about Keenan. But whats with all the hate? Wasnt he a former canuck coach?


Many Canucks fans hate Keenan because he was the head coach of the NYR in 1994. Rangers beat the Canucks in game 7 of SCF to win the Stanley Cup.

Many Canucks fans hate him because they blame him for trading Linden for Bryan McCabe (Isles Captain) ,Todd Bertuzzi and a 3rd round pick. McCabe was flipped later by Burke to move up in the draft and draft the Sedins.

I've followed Keenan since he was coaching the Chicago Black Hawks. He was known back then to be real hard on his players. Hence the name Iron Mike.
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