Sunday, June 17, 2007

What you may hear in Calgary next season

After coaching NHL teams into the playoffs from 1985 all the way to 1996, Keenan has suffered playoff futility ever since after coaching the Canucks, Bruins and Panthers.
I don't think that will be the case with the Flames.
Wow, the majority of people are expecting a mass circus in Calgary this year, and perhaps even an early firing of Keenan as well.
But let's give the strange, intense guy some credit. He is 6th all time in coaching wins. He is 5th all time in playoff wins. He has coached a team to the Finals 4 times. He has a Cup ring.
He also has a temper, and a serious psychological outlook into the game. He analyses players. He pushes them. He accepts no excuses. He is not afraid to bench guys and make spontaneous decisions to turn the teams' fortunes around.
That means that Jamie McLennan is going to play more between the pipes. That means that players who are not motivated are going to sit on the bench, Iginla included.
Is that so bad? Accountability is a good thing, and should be just what the doctor ordered for the Flames.

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At June 17, 2007 at 10:55 p.m. , Anonymous matt said...

I doubt you'll see McLennan in a Flames jersey again. They need a backup that can actually kinda have a chance at winning a game. He's well known as the practical joker of the team, but I dont think this will be enough to keep him here. At least not as a player.

 
At June 18, 2007 at 10:19 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I guess McLennan's contract is up at $575,000 isn't it?
He may get resigned yet. I'm not sure how much is out there for a decent backup via free agency.

 

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