Here that giant screaming sound out of Alberta? That's the sound of all the Flames fans wailing as Mike Keenan has been named head coach.
TSN is reporting that Keenan has agreed to coach the flames, which is kind of scary considering the damage he's done to other franchises in his wake. While he certainly had success for a while as a coach, he left all his teams disasters in his wake, and can't even make his current teams any good anymore.
Going back over the last 15 years:
Chicago: Lead them to the finals in 1992. Since then, they've become the laughing stock of the NHL due to mismanagement and intransigence on the part of the owners.
New York: Won the Stanley Cup, then threw a hissy fit and resigned because he couldn't get along with GM Glenn Sather. The Rangers didn't make the playoffs for more than 10 years after that.
St. Louis: Served as Coach/GM for a little over 2 years. In that time the Blues never advanced past the second round, and Keenan turned over the entire roster except for franchise sniper Brett Hull, with whom Keenan repeatedly clashed.
Vancouver: Never made the playoffs under Keenan, who never made it a full season.
Boston Bruins: Brought in mid-season in 2000-01. The Bs didn't make the playoffs, and Keenan was bounced at the end of the season.
Florida: Brought in twice in different capacities as GM or Head Coach, the team never made the playoffs, and is no closer to doing so than they were when he was brought in.
So now he hasn't coached a team to the playoffs in more than ten years, and the flames are bringing in a coach that has a history of alienating players as their franchise player (Iginla) approaches the UFA market next summer.
Yipes. Just Yipes.