x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Flames fire Keenan

The Calgary Flames fire their coach a month after the exit in the first round of the play-offs after the "team did not meet expectations".

The Calgary Flames have fired coach Mike Keenan a month after the exit in the first round of the play-offs after the "team did not meet expectations". Keenan spent two seasons with Calgary after replacing Jim Playfair in June 2007, but failed to guide the Flames past the first round of the play-offs for the second successive year. The Flames finished the regular season with 46 wins and 98 points, but lost their first round series against the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2.

"Our team did not meet expectations," said Calgary Flames general manager Darryl Sutter. "Following detailed evaluation over the past three weeks, and taking into consideration all factors affecting our season ending result, we believe this is a necessary change required to allow our team to continue toward our objective." * PA Sport