Please read knowing I hate the Flames. Take this for what it is.
Of course by now you’ve all read this story. Isn’t Keenan just Sutter Part II? The Flames went through this already. You can only have this type of a coach for so long. Keenan and Sutter are cut from the same cloth. They’re dominant, type A personalities. They don’t take crap from their players, and they rule with an iron fist. Days after losses consist of bag skates. The players know their place, and they can hardly speak to the media. This is old school hockey. It works for a while, especially if a team requires a turn-around.
But the Flames have been there, done that. I listen to Flames radio alot on my drive to work (only because Edmonton’s station sucks). They’re constantly complaining after losses, and sometimes after wins. A lot was expected of the Flames this year. Jim Playfair did a decent job in the regular season. Of course they went out in the first round. I really think that the Flames just aren’t that good. Yes they have stellar goaltending. Yes Iginla is top notch and Phaneuf could be one of the greats on D. Other than that, they have hard workers and guys who buy in to a team concept. Maybe Keenan is the kind of guy who can whip them into shape. If nothing else they’ll be great at skating laps.