PUCKBALL

The Hockey News was thinking the same thing I was (and these guys. And maybe this guy too):

So here’s why I think hiring Mike Keenan was a terrible idea, and why firing him is a good one. I like numbers.

Thanks to Wikipedia for this neato chart (which hopefully formats properly):

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish W L Win % Result
PHI 84/5 80 53 20 7 113 1st in Patrick Division 12 7 .632 Runner-Up
PHI 85/6 80 53 23 4 110 1st in Patrick Division 2 3 .400 Preliminary Round
PHI 86/7 80 46 26 8 100 1st in Patrick Division 15 11 .577 Runner up
PHI 87/8 80 38 33 8 85 2nd in Patrick Division 3 4 .429 Division semi-finalist
PHI Total 320 190 102 27 408 32 25 .561 4 Playoff Appearances
CHI 88/9 80 27 41 12 66 4th in Norris Division 9 7 .563 Conference Finalist
CHI 89/90 80 41 33 6 88 1st in Norris Division 10 10 .500 Conference Finalist
CHI 90/1 80 49 23 8 106 1st in Norris Division 2 4 .333 Division Semi-Finalist
CHI 91/2 80 36 29 15 87 2nd in Norris Division 12 6 .667 Runner up
CHI Total 320 153 126 41 347 33 27 .550 4 Playoff Appearances
NYR 93/4 84 52 24 8 112 1st in Atlantic 16 7 .696 Won Stanley Cup
NYR Total 84 52 24 8 112 16 7 .696 1 Playoff Appearance
1 Stanley Cup Championship
STL 94/5 48 28 15 5 61 2nd in Central 3 4 .429 Conference Quarter-Finalist
STL 95/6 82 32 34 16 80 4th in Central 7 6 .538 Conference Semi-Finalist
STL 96/7 33 15 17 1 31 4th in Central
STL Total 163 75 66 22 172 10 10 .500 2 Playoff Appearances
VAN 97/8 63 21 30 12 54 7th in Pacific
VAN Total 63 21 30 12 54
BOS 00/1 74 33 26 7 8 81 4th in Northeast
BOS Total 74 33 26 7 8 81
FLA 01/2 56 16 29 8 3 43 4th in Southeast
FLA 02/3 82 24 36 13 9 70 4th in Southeast
FLA 03/4 15 5 8 2 0 12 4th in Southeast
FLA Total 153 45 73 23 12 125
Total 1,014 569 447 140 20 1,299 91 79 .535

So the first half of that docket is pretty good. From 1984/85 to 93/94, Mike Keenan compiled a record of 394-250-76, with nine playoff appearances in nine years with the Flyers, Blackhawks, and Rangers. He also won an impressive six division titles and winning the Stanley Cup with the Rangers in ’94.

After that, though, it’s been all downhill for Iron Mike. Stints with the Blues, Canucks, Bruins and Panthers were entirely unsuccessful (Canucks fans still despise him, for whatever reason). He’s had a record of 174-195-84 (counting OTLs as ties here), good for a paltry winning percentage of .384. He’s been out of work in the league for four years. Examining his recent record, it’s pretty obvious as to why.

Keenan hasn’t been a winner for a long, long while. His uncompromising style has won him as many enemies as friends, among both players and associates, and power struggles led to him being dismissed from the Blackhawks and Rangers. He has the nickname ‘Captain Hook’ for his treatment of goalies- do we want this man in charge of Miikka Kiprusoff, one of the three best in the league right now?

Do we want a coach whose last successful season was over a decade ago?

Do we want a coach who is just as likely to run the team into the ground as he is to advance them past the first round in the playoffs?

So I’ll ask what the Hockey News did: Why is Mike Keenan coaching the Flames?

And perhaps just as important: How long until GM Darryl Sutter feels the heat if Keenan isn’t successful?

4 thoughts on “PUCKBALL

  1. Shnuff

    Thanks, Kristen. Apologies on the itch.An addendum, since Dennis has been attempting to talk me down off the ledge (proverbially), asking me to wait until Keenan’s coached a few games. Fair enough, though I can’t shake the unease on his hiring. Just a bad fit across the board, even if he will have good chemistry with Sutter. I reserve the right to say “I told you so!” after we drop the home opener.-DaveC

  2. Matuga

    No, you can say it after we miss the playoffs or flame out in the 1st round for the third year in a row. I see clear reason for skepticism but all the same I think he should be given a chance.

  3. Shnuff

    I’d prefer to do it earlier on. It fits with my snarky personality.And makes it funnier if we do win the division/get to the finals/win the Cup, etc.-DaveC

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