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STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

Mike Keenan has never been considered a patient man.

But when the Calgary Flames head coach heard of the early dismissal of Denis Savard as bench boss of the Chicago Blackhawks yesterday, he subtly preached.

"You look at any successful sports franchise, they have continuity in their programs -- including the coaches -- over a long period of time," said Keenan, who at one time coached Savard in Chicago.

"Those are the people that are successful in the long run, not the people that make changes every six or 12 months."

Keenan figures money is the motivating factor, along with expectations.

"I think that's what provokes that type of decision-making," he said. "At one time, (legendary New York Islanders head coach) Al Arbour started with a young group of players and it was seven years with the same team before he won a Stanley Cup. He created the dynasty there and won four consecutive Stanley Cups. No one seems to have the patience now."

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New Flame Mike Cammalleri is excited to take part in his first regular-season Battle of Alberta. Especially since it's at the Saddledome. "It'll be as energetic as this building's been yet for me, for sure," he said. ... You could see Curtis McElhinney get a start in the rematch in Edmonton tomorrow, but it will depend on how Miikka Kiprusoff fares tonight. "That's always a possibility, but we take it a day at a time here," said Keenan. "We'll play tomorrow and go from there." ... LW Andre Roy (elbow) practised with the team and should be available for tonight's game ... F Dustin Boyd rotated with RW Jarome Iginla during line rushes in practice yesterday, but could be bound for the sidelines again after suiting up against the Avs. The lines: Bertuzzi-Langkow-Iginla/Boyd; Cammalleri-Lombardi-Bourque; Glencross-Conroy-Moss; Roy-Primeau-Prust/Nystrom.


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