Mike Keenan is primarily known for two things in his hockey career: being the coach that ended the Rangers’ 54-year Stanley Cup drought, and being an incorrigible asshole. The former will never change, but it seems that Iron Mike is trying to do something about the latter.
Yep, it’s a kinder, gentler Mike Keenan these days. The Flames signed Curtis Joseph as goaltender insurance the other day; apparently this came about after Keenan personally apologized to CuJo for his assholiness while both were in St. Louis. While a cynic might suggest that necessity (i.e., Mikka Kiprusoff’s soaring GAA) is the mother of invention, I think something else is going on: Keenan has been going to Assholes Anonymous meetings.
The first step, as well know, is admitting that there is a problem. Keenan was widely credited/blamed for shuffling Kristian Huselius out of Florida during Keenan’s stop there; many assumed that Huselius would be in a taxi for the airport once Keenan arrived in Calgary (where he had shipped Huselius in the first place). Instead, they are getting along famously.
Now comes the reputed apology to CuJo. Next thing you know, Iron Mike will become Marshmallow Mike, tearing up like Dick Vermeil in his post-game press conferences. “Dion Phaneuf is like the son I never had. He makes me wish I had been a better dad to my own kids.”
Still, there are a few more people–cities, actually–to whom Keenan owes an apology:
- Vancouver: “Um, sorry I rode Trevor Linden down in the media, and traded the franchise icon to the hinterlands of Long Island.”
- South Florida: “Sorry I traded Roberto Luongo for Todd Bertuzzi. Guess that didn’t work out, huh?”
- St. Louis: “Sorry I brought in all those dead weight players like Adam Creighton and Stephane Matteau. Also, sorry I repeatedly pissed off the greatest player in franchise history.
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