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Quick hits: Mike Keane might join Jets staff, Brouwer on the LTIR and NHL’s most disappointing teams

Jul 14, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

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Troy Brouwer, Roberto Luongo AP

Here are a few bits of news from around the NHL to keep your Thursday afternoon going.

  • Every now and then, a “fringe” player becomes popular enough that people remember him almost as much as big-name stars. Of course, it never hurts if that guy won his fair share of Stanley Cups.

Mike Keane fits into that category when it comes to ’90s hockey. He played in 1,161 regular season games and a stunning 220 playoff contests in his NHL career, winning three Stanley Cups with the three different teams: the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars. He also endeared himself to many when he allegedly fed Patrick Roy the line about not hearing Jeremy Roenick’s smack talk because he had “Stanley Cup rings plugging his ears.”

The Manitoba Moose retired Keane’s number last winter, so if you follow the trail of Moose staffers joining the Jets organization, it wouldn’t be shocking if the Jets confirm the Winnipeg Sun’s rumor that Keane might become an assistant coach on Claude Noel’s staff. We’ll have to wait and see, but it would make plenty of sense.

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