Sunday, September 03, 2006

MIKE KEENAN STEPS DOWN AS FLORIDA GM


The team has stated that Iron Mike wants to pursue other career opportunities. But this move is rather sudden. Either he is afraid of an impending hurricane, he misses being on CBC HNIC, or he has a chance at a higher up position somewhere else. (note sarcasm)
There are already speculations that Keenan was 'forced' out. Why would he leave now when he has done so much to change the team's fortunes?
He still had 3 years left on his contract.
Coach Jacques Martin will wear two hats as coach and GM. I'm sure alot more information will be available as this story unfolds.

6 Comments:

At September 3, 2006 at 2:06 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

After trading the best goaltender in the NHL along with an up & coming defenceman for a floater/has-been and a couple of never-will-be's, this makes sense. Keenan's a big sack of trash anyways.

Heh!

Honestly, this is pretty surprising. You would think that if they were going to fire the GM based on his poor performance (ie never making the playoffs) they would have done it at the beginning of the summer.

He won't be out of work for long though. Cue "Keenan's Corner" with sidekick Kelly Hrudey.

 
At September 3, 2006 at 2:17 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Keenan's corner, I'm in.

Actually he's going to buy out HNIC, and turn the franchise around. He'll trade Cole and Neale to the U.S. for the Devils and Penguins broadcasters!

 
At September 3, 2006 at 11:37 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

Rumour has it Martin is only interim, until it's decided if Auld or Belfour's taking over.

Actually, Keenan caught wind people were betting the Panthers would make the playoffs!!!!

 
At September 4, 2006 at 5:21 AM , Blogger reality check said...

The Ottawa Sun has a story of a power struggle between Keenan and Martin, which is surprising because they are old friends from way back. Seems Martin was almost replaced by Keenan behind the bench last season, and from there things went sour between the two. Martin was not pleased by the moving of Luongo. Keenan BTW, has 3 years remaining on his contract. Ouch!

 
At September 4, 2006 at 1:07 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I don't know what to believe yet. A power struggle? It's possible. Maybe Martin thought the team on its way to something positive toward the end of last season.
Keenan sure doesn't waste any time pulling the trigger though does he?

 
At September 4, 2006 at 2:56 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

Signing Befour was the final straw for the owners. I can't see Mike quitting unless they had a gun to his head.

 

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