Flames axe Keenan

Despite a winning record during his two years with the club, the Calgary Flames have fired head...

Despite a winning record during his two years with the club, the Calgary Flames have fired head coach Mike Keenan. (Stuart Dryden/SUN MEDIA)

Wes Gilbertson, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:00 PM ET

Mike Keenan paid the ultimate price for failing to guide the Calgary Flames past the opening playoff round.

He lost his job.

The Flames announced today the well-traveled bench boss has been dismissed after two seasons with the club.

The announcement comes less than a month after the squad was eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks in their first-round playoff series, failing to advance to past the opening set for the fourth consecutive year.

“Our team did not meet expectations,” Flames GM Darryl Sutter said in a release. “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 of winning the Stanley Cup.

“The Calgary Flames organization appreciates and respects Mike for accepting the opportunity to come to Calgary and are thankful for his efforts over the past two years.”

Keenan posted an 88-60-16 record in two seasons as the Flames' head coach. The status of his assistants remains up in the air.


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