Late moves burned Keenan

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

Some people feel the Anaheim Ducks are cheating the salary-cap system by adding Scott Niedermayer and now Teemu Selanne to the roster for the second half of the season.

Calgary Flames head coach Mike Keenan sees it as an improvement over the way the NHL used to do things.

"I can remember in 1987, we were in the finals and a fellow named Esa Tikkanen came out for the warmup," said Keenan, who was coaching the Philadelphia Flyers at the time. "We'd never heard of him, never saw him, never expected him.

"I came scrambling back into the room and said, 'Who's Esa Tikkanen?' At that time, you could just bring players in at any time from anywhere and play them. So I'd requested Bobby Clarke, that he should come back and play for us because he was practising with us all year."

Now, any additions must be made by the trade deadline.

KIPPER HAS GOOD TIMING

Miikka Kiprusoff has always been an early bird when it comes to practice.

The goaltender needs extra time to stretch, so he's at a loss when it comes to Ray Emery's current situation with the Ottawa Senators.

Emery has twice arrived at rinks after his teammates had already taken to the ice and was sent home by head coach John Paddock.

Only the congested stretch of highway between his home and the Saddledome has given Kiprusoff any trouble.

"It's been close a couple of times, if there's an accident on Deerfoot," said Kiprusoff.

Flames bench boss Mike Keenan has had to deal with tardy players in the past, but wasn't about to let them off the hook when it came to practising.

"No, I didn't send them home," said Keenan. "But I did have them come late for practice ... and meetings."

Having coached Paddock in Philly, Keenan is confident his former player will handle things well.

"I know John's a very fair individual," he said, adding he doesn't know what all the circumstances are regarding Emery. "Whatever decision he makes, I would support."


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