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Calgary Flames name Mike Keenan, make Jim Playfair associate coach

The Calgary Flames have officially announced that he'll replace Jim Playfair as head coach. Playfair is now an associate coach with the team. "Together, they will do remarkable things for this team," Flames GM Darryl Sutter said at a news conference Thursday.

Keenan joins his eighth NHL team as either a coach or general manager. He last worked in the league for the Florida Panthers before leaving under suspicious circumstances last season.

"I'd love to stay here and end my career here," Keenan said.

Playfair's head coaching tenure in Calgary lasted just one year. The Flames finished eighth in the Western Conference this season before being eliminated in the first round by Detroit.

He joined the Flames as an assistant coach under Sutter in 2002 before being promoted to the head job before last season. Playfair decided to stay on with the team in his role as associate coach.

"This has been a tough process for him to go through," said Keenan. "There's a lot to be said about a man who can make those types of choices with his family."

Keenan has 569 wins, 447 losses, 140 ties and 20 overtime losses in 1,014 games over his career.

He captured the Jack Adams trophy, awarded to the league's top coach, in 1985 while leading the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup final. He also coached the New York Rangers to their first championship in 54 years in 1994.

"I think Mike's record speaks for itself," said Sutter.



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