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|
|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||–||–||–||–|
|BOS||00/1||74||33||26||7||8||81||4th in Northeast||–||–||–|
|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||–||–||–|
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?