Flames set to name Keenan new head coach

TORONTO -- Mike Keenan will be hired Thursday as coach of the Calgary Flames, his eighth NHL coaching job.

Mike Keenan


The Flames have called a news conference for 3:30 p.m. ET at the Saddledome, where they are expected to make the announcement. The club would not confirm Keenan's hiring.

The Canadian Press, citing people close to the hiring who spoke on condition of anonymity because the move was not official, reported the story Wednesday night.

Current Flames coach Jim Playfair will remain on as an assistant to Keenan, TSN reported on Friday.

The well-traveled Keenan won the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994, and Thursday is the 13th anniversary of that title.

The Flames went 43-25-10, finishing eighth in the Western Conference last season under Playfair. They lost to the Detroit Red Wings in six games in the first round of the playoffs.

Keenan has 569 victories in 1,014 games as an NHL head coach. His most recent NHL job was in Florida with the Panthers, where he was replaced by Jacques Martin just before the start of the 2006-07 season.

Keenan won the Jack Adams Trophy awarded to the league's top coach in 1985 after leading the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals. He also took the Chicago Blackhawks to the Cup finals in 1992 -- he worked together in Chicago with current Flames general manager Darryl Sutter -- and won the Cup with the Rangers two years later.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.