Another Keenan turnaround
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10-24-2003, 11:43 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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How about a Blues team that featured Hull, Gretzky, Shanny, McInnis among others? Or that crappy 'Nucks team that only had Bure, Almo, Messier, etc? And talk about a Bruins team that had nothing to work with apart from Allison, Guerin, Thornton, Samsonov, Rolston et al. That Boston team is the only one to even put a winning record together under Keenan since he left NY. Of course, did it really matter since it was basically a team mutiny that got him fired after one season though?
I'm not discounting his ability to raise the level of play for 1 or 2 players on his team. Clearly, it's the ONLY thing he's good at.
You mean that Blue team that had Gretz for all of 18 games and were paper thin after Hull and Shanny and Al Mac??
How about also recognizing that he absolutely stole DeMitra and Pronger while being GM there, setting the plate fpr the run of the Blues team the last 5 yrs giving them their best d-man and best forward at a very young age on both guys.
As for the Canuck team just who else did they have other than Mess-Bure-Almo???They were a one line team with nobody on defense and a declining McLean in nets.
And yes the Boston team had talent but as you said he had them with a winning record and the Joe Thornton that started under Keenan wasn't close to the player that finished under Keenan.
And every one of his players save Brett Hull loved playing under Keenan.
Bottom line is whatever team he's coaching he gets to play hard and he does have a knack for getting certain players to play up to if not beyond their potential.
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