Former NHL coach Mike Keenan is looking for a new gig
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Former New York Rangers head coach Mike Keenan has been relieved of his duties by the Kunlan Red Star of the KHL on Saturday.

The crazy world that is Mike Keenan took another turn when he was dismissed as the head coach of the Kunlun Red Star hockey club. The Red Star has lost 17 out of the last 19 games played, which puts them in 11th place in the East.

Keenan was the General Manager and head coach of the Red Star, but on Tuesday he was removed as general manager of the team. This was Keenan’s first season with the Red Star club. Keenan will stay on with the Red Star in an advisory role.

For the past three season prior to this one, Keenan was the head coach of Magnitogorsk Metallurg of the KHL. In 2014, Keenan coached the team to the League Championship.

In the Red Stars first game without Keenan behind the bench, they won 4-3, scoring with only 18 seconds left in overtime on Saturday night.

Mike Keenan has coached 1386 games in the NHL with 672 wins 531 losses and 147 overtime loses. He last coached in the National Hockey League in 2009 for the Calgary Flames. Keenan has also coached the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins and the Florida Panthers.

In 1994, Keenan lead Mark Messier and the New York Rangers to a Stanley Cup Championship defeating the Vancouver Canucks four games to three. As controversy follows Keenan, he left the Rangers before the start of the next season due to a conflict with the management of the Rangers and Madison Square Garden.

As head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, his first season as head coach, Keenan won the Jack Adams Award in 1984-85, given to the head coach for being selected as the National Hockey League Coach of the Year. It was the only time in his 20 years of coaching in the NHL that he has won the award.

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