Mike Keenan

He’s baaaaack: Keenan to coach KHL Metallurg


Mike Keenan is back coaching hockey.

Just not in the NHL.

On Monday, KHL club Metallurg Magnitogorsk announced Keenan as its newest head coach, replacing former Carolina and Toronto bench boss Paul Maurice, who left the team in April.

Keenan, 63, coached seven different teams over 20 years in the National Hockey League. He won a Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994 and most recently coached in Calgary for two seasons from 2007-09.

He won his first and only Jack Adams trophy in 1985, guiding Philadelphia to the Presidents’ Trophy and the Stanley Cup finals.

One of the NHL’s most controversial coaches, Keenan’s time in several cities often ended under bizarre circumstances.

He famously resigned his head coaching post in New York just weeks after capturing the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 54 years.

Years later, while serving as GM in Florida, he again abruptly resigned shortly after making a blockbuster deal to send Roberto Luongo to Vancouver.

Speaking of Vancouver…

For some of the highlights (lowlights?) of Keenan’s time as Canucks head coach, like the whole “Grant Ledyard quit on the team even though all he was doing was being with his wife during a difficult time,” click here.

Derek Roy signs in Swiss league

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Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.

Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.

The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.

A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.

Lehner’s injury ‘doesn’t look like it’s short term’

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Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.

Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.

When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.

“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”

It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.

While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.