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Keenan Rumored To Join Canucks

November 8, 1997

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Mike Keenan, whose volatile coaching style took teams from three different organizations to the Stanley Cup finals, has been in Vancouver since Wednesday to interview for the vacant Canucks’ general manager job.

A source close to Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment, the Canucks’ parent company, told the Vancouver Sun on Friday that Keenan came to Vancouver to meet with CEO Stephen Bellringer and deputy chairman Stanley McCammon.

Another source close to the Canucks said Keenan has been here since Wednesday, an indication the organization’s interest in him has extended far beyond a mere job interview.

Pat Quinn was fired as general manager and president of the Canucks on Tuesday.

Canucks captain Mark Messier, who won a Stanley Cup with Keenan in 1994 when Vancouver was defeated by the New York Rangers, praised his ex-coach’s ability during an interview Thursday with Vancouver reporters.

One of the sources indicated Messier believes Keenan should coach the team. Tom Renney, however, retained a tenuous hold on that job when Quinn was fired by McCammon.

Keenan twice coached Team Canada to gold medals at the Canada Cup, won the Stanley Cup with the Rangers and was a losing finalist with the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks.

But his reputation dimmed in St. Louis, where the Blues fired him after 2 1/2 tumultuous seasons, paying more than $5 million to terminate his contract.

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