Keenan says players need to face cold reality

Keenan says players need to face cold reality
October 29, 2012, 2:30 pm
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Mike Keenan has been around the NHL long enough to experience all three of the league’s extended work stoppages and – brace yourself, hockey fans – the fifth-winningest coach in NHL history anticipates this being a long one.

 In a radio interview Monday with 590 The Fan in Toronto, Keenan says today’s players may need to accept taking “a little bit less” if they hope to avoid losing an entire year’s salary.

Keenan, who last summer interviewed for the Capitals’ head coaching job that went to Adam Oates, says he would entertain the idea of returning behind an NHL bench. The current TV color analyst for the Rangers ranks sixth in the NHL in games coached [1,386] and fifth in coaching victories [672].

Caps fans may remember Keenan's harsh criticism of Alex Ovechkin around this time last year when he said Bruce Boudreau deserved more respect than Ovechkin showed him after Ovi was benched in the final minute of regulation in a win over the Anaheim Ducks.