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For the first time in a very long time Flames fans were treated to something wonderful, something that they hadn't seen since the early 90's, something every other team hopes to have every year... scoring.
Sutter had made a trade for Tanguay (another steal of a trade from the Zen master) and in addition Huselius had blossomed into his potential giving them two very skilled left wings, Jerome was on pace for a record year until he was injured for a month, Langkow was tipping in shots like Nieuwendyk had given him personal lessons. We witnessed passing plays that actually finished in tic-tac-toe fashion but there was a problem with all of this talent, the identity of the team was supposed to be grinding/defense/hard working and what they ended up with was confusion, especially on the road.
Since Keenan first was announced as the new head coach I have to love the direction he is pointing, his new team identity is hardworking (still of course)/ puck possession/ skating....sound familiar? You might have heard this same philosophy out of Detroit, who decimated the flames in the first round last year. They beat us to the puck, kept the puck, and forechecked better than us (by us I mean the flames, not that I have any athletic claim or professional claim to the organization!).
This is the new NHL, the Flames talent suits what Keenan is saying, he is also quoted as saying "Kipper is...what he is" when asked about the starting goalie job this year meaning that he is a vezina finalist so stop asking. No doctor hook this year, a new fast puck moving approach and high expectations from him on his leaders should make for maybe the best start we have seen here in a long time.

a very big P.S.... kipper IS re-signing so oiler fans can now point to Dion as the next guy who won't sign.
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September 14, 2007 11:25 AM ET | Delete
As a coach - Keenan is a solid hockey man. The plusses are that he is a very up-tempo driven coach, all out pressure on the puck in all zones. What always drove me nuts about his time in StL (besides his GM missteps) was that he would never, never, never, ever, ever, never practice special teams (PP
September 14, 2007 12:44 PM ET | Delete
I think Keenan is either going to have the Flames winning the division and kicking serious butt or have them barely make the playoffs and run some guys out of town. I don't see an in between scenario personally. I do think it will take a little time to get settled with the new coach.
September 14, 2007 12:54 PM ET | Delete
agreed.. kipper will resign, guarenteed. to mimic the post that somebody left about Carey Price... if i'm wrong, I'd gladly send out t-shirts to anyone who disagrees that will say: "some dude was an idiot so he gave me this t-shirt".as for phaneuf... the ONLY reason sutter won't resign him is so he can wait for some fool GM to cough up a 7 year offer sheet and match it 5 minutes later. Cmon KLO... lock up our franchise for us!!
September 14, 2007 3:00 PM ET | Delete
This is finally the opportunity that Keenan has been wainting for. Never one to deny a challenge, his other stops at Vancouver, Boston and Florida were valiant efforts, but each team had it's problems, and ownership was cheap.Here in Calgary, he has the players. The Flames will be successful, and I too like his approach, and always have. Up-tempo, forecheck, play the body, and work hard. No real mystery. As for the power play, he lets his players be creative, and practicing the power play is done, just not as much as everyone else would like.
September 14, 2007 3:52 PM ET | Delete
"Valiant effort"? That's a joke right? Keenan WAS the problem in Vancouver. and in Florida as well. Thankfully the Canucks were the beneficiaries of his Florida stupidities (Luongo). Let's see if he is the "solution" in Calgary or shows that he still is the problem.
September 14, 2007 4:58 PM ET | Delete
Luongo could not be signed. Keenan was ordered to trade him based on his agents salary demands. The Panthers offered him more money than the Canucks ended up signing him for. That also didn't take into account the Canadian tax structure. By the way Luongo should stick to stopping pucks, not calling penalties.
September 14, 2007 5:24 PM ET | Delete
Keenan was ordered to trade him before or after they made the offer? That makes no sense. If his salary demands were too high, why did they make him an offer? Even if Keenan had to trade him, the fact is he made a terrible trade. No arguing that. Keenan will either work magic like he did in New York, or be poison like he was in Florida and Vancouver.
September 14, 2007 5:54 PM ET | Delete
Let's keep his coaching in sight here, his G.M. gaffes are well know but his coaching seems to get thin after a couple seasons, the thing is Calgary wants it now so it may work out.
September 14, 2007 5:59 PM ET | Delete
Good point Sane. Will be an exciting season in the Northwest that is for sure!
September 15, 2007 1:45 AM ET | Delete
sane you're blogs are always very solid, while I often disagree with them, always well written. I agree with this one almost 100% I think short term Psycho Mike is a good coach for a veteran team with Stanley Cup aspirations. Long term he tends to alienate good players and be a bit of a cancer, but I don't see him being around very long, so he is likely a good fit. I agree Kipper will likely sign, but it will be for a big chunk of cap space. Getting close to Tampa Bay like, would be nice to have guys like Giodano and Taratukin to fill 4th Line and 3rd pair roles at the minimum ;)
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