So Mike Keenan has now been fired from an NHL coaching gig for the eighth time.
It was announced Friday afternoon that Keenan would no longer be coaching the Calgary Flames. Despite half-decent regular season success, the Flames have lost in the first round in both years Keenan has coached.
Of course, that’s nothing new. Since 1989, the Flames have only gone past the first round once, and that was in 2004, when they went all the way to the finals.
But I don’t think Keenan is at fault here. General manager Darryl Sutter didn’t give him much to work with. While trading for Olli Jokinen and Jordan Leopold seemed like shrewd deals at the time, it really screwed up the cap for the Flames. So much so that near the end of the season, as players got injured, they couldn’t call anyone up from the minors to replace them or else they would have gone over the cap.
There were several games at the end of the season, they had to play several games without a full lineup.
You could tell this impact many of the players, as they looked fatigued as they were eliminated in the first round by the Chicago Blackhawks.
That has nothing to do with coaching, but everything to do with the general manager not being able to manage the cap.
Maybe changes needed to be made in Calgary, but firing Keenan wasn’t one of them.