Different playoff view for Mike Keenan
Mike Keenan still gets stopped on the sidewalks of New York by fans thanking him for delivering a Stanley Cup in his one season the Rangers’ coach in 1993-94.
But that was a long time ago; now he hopes the 2011-12 Rangers join the club. “Absolutely, I’m pulling for them,’’ he said. “Maybe this is the opportunity that has come their way; you never know when that’s going to come again.’’
It never did for Keenan, at least not yet in a coaching career on hold since he was fired by the Flames in 2009. But in the meantime he has been enjoying a new playoff perch as a TV analyst, including with MSG.
“It allows me to stay in contact with the game,’’ he said. “It makes you stay vigilant. You can’t go on the air and not be watching games or know what you’re talking about.’’
Keenan, 62, said “if the game called me back I’d coach,’’ but he said he has not gotten any NHL nibbles lately and is not sure whether he will. If not, the TV work keeps him plenty busy and engaged.
“It’s given me a different perspective,’’ he said. “I probably enjoy coaching more, but [being out of coaching] is my own fault.’’