The interesting thing about this article is that...assuming Keenan isn't making this up (and I don't really see his incentive to), it completely kills any credibility any Flames player has for me.
Just a couple days ago they were telling the media it was all BS, all false rumors, etc.
The thing is, I'm COMPLETELY an advocate of keeping the locker room stuff inside the locker room; specially while it was going on. My only issue is that when you then go out of your way to lie and say there were no problems, it makes you lose a tremendous amount of credibility in the future after stuff like this comes out. Just makes you wonder what's truth and what's fiction in any player interview.
You guys think there's a reason to actually proactively lie after the fact? I'm not saying they should have stepped up and said "Well, yeah Dion was a problem blah blah" I'm just wondering if it would be more prudent to say something like "Rumors are rumors and we're focused on the team we have now and winning the game now" as opposed to actively advocating that all the rumors of locker troubles were false, lies, etc.
That being said, that's all assuming Keenan is being honest. I have a feeling he is.
If Phaneuf was actually driven out of town because the players were jealous of his contract then I would concede that, despite his arrogance, he wasn't the problem. Green with envy about a higher paid player because a his production isn't up to your standards? If true, it would be a sign that the core of this team is rotten and if Phaneuf wasn't working out, moving him wouldn't solve the problem the team has.
There is one simple fact that tempers my conclusion here, it is Keenan. A coach with a reputation of not knowing when to back down, whose career has been marred by poor decisions, aggressive meltdowns and petty behavior. No doubt that Keenan understands some sports psychology but he left all but one team because the players drove him out of town by giving up and refusing to play. It shows that Keenan's understanding of sport's psychology is pretty poor.
The biggest thing Keenan had against him was this personal bias, if you did something to impress him early on, it was easy to keep his favor all throughout his tenure as coach. Keenan has treated several players as if they could do no wrong and I think that is a sign that he overvalues a player's contribution and the players that could do no right, they couldn't do anything to win back his favor(something Fleury mentioned in his book as well).
Combine his reputation of player bias, his reputation of pushing teams to the point where they give up and his contradicting quotes brought up by canadajazz and I think it's fair to conclude that he is not a reliable source despite being coach of the team. I sincerely believe that Keenan is telling the truth as he sees it so I wouldn't call him a liar but I would call him biased. The Francis article doesn't confirm anything either, too often sport's journalists hide behind the anonymous source in order to create a juicy story, Francis has been one of the worst culprits of this that I have read. I will wait with baited breath for the next reliable source on Phaneuf's reputation with the Flames. By the way, when does Calgary play Toronto again?
Everyone knew there were problems? and a guy like Iginla (the leader of this team) isn't going to bring all the issues out to public. However Conroy came out and said basically that Regehr and Dion butted heads. AND in the past week Regehr didn't say no it was fine, he said "all lockerrooms have issues, you just have to work through them and keep going"
But as said before, who cares? WHY THE **** are we talking about Phaneuf when he's not even on our team anymore, none of this is relevant to the flames today