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Keenan leads Metallurg to KHL title

Apr 30, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

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Congratulations to ex-NHL coach Mike Keenan and his Metallurg Magnitogorsk team for winning the KHL’s Gagarin Cup with a 4-3 series victory over Lev Prague.

From the KHL’s website:

Two goals in the space of a minute deep into the second period ultimately decided the outcome of the 2014 Gagarin Cup, with Yaroslav Kosov and Jan Kovar leading Metallurg to a 7-4 victory on the night and a 4-3 series success to give the Steelmen the KHL’s top prize for the first time.

It means Mike Keenan becomes the first North American coach to take the top prize in Russian club hockey; 20 years after landing the Stanley Cup with the Rangers, the Canadian adds the Gagarin Cup to his CV. That delivers a sharp riposte to those Trans-Atlantic commentators who insisted that his notoriously uncompromising man-management style was the relic of a dinosaur rather than a viable path to future glory.

So…take that, all you Trans-Atlantic commentators out there.

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  1. prd797 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    So I guess you could call him Metal Mike?

    (I’m so sorry…)

  2. joey4id - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Checkout Keenan’s rant after game 6.

    Fast forward to the 9 minute mark. He’s ready to coach Wsh.

    • joey4id - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      actually 1.34 minutes…

  3. c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    nice. were just talking about him and his ability to coach russian stars.

    how fitting.

  4. JoeAvg - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    I wonder if he told him to have another doughnut?

  5. nj666 - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    The sabres or the panthers could probably beat them.

  6. bwayblueshirt - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Keenan will coach Nashville next year. Watch.

  7. 950003cups - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    So you mean to tell me Kovalchuk wasn’t awarded the cup anyway?

  8. 950003cups - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    I often wonder if Kovalchuk’s “retirement” had more to do with wanting out of NJ than it did wanting to play in Russia.

  9. matt14gg - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Sorry, but it’s ridiculous to claim “his notoriously uncompromising man-management style was the relic of a dinosaur.” How dare they??? I think it’s pretty clear his “man-management” was excellent!

  10. blackheart78 - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Does this mean Keenan is going to use a loophole in his contract to go coach another team in the KHL? :P

  11. slysipops - May 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    he would be good for the NUCKS !

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