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Panthers vs. Keenan

Keenansun Well, now it's official: Mike Keenan is back in the NHL (he's aiming to hit all 30 franchises) as the new coach of the Calgary Flames.

Mike had a lot of good things to say at his press conference today at the Saddledome, but that was expected. Mike Keenan never saw a press conference he didn't like. He's never met a microphone he didn't fall in love with.

This isn't official, but Keenan's first official game as coach of the Flames should come Sept. 16 at the Saddledome against the Panthers. Florida hasn't announced its preseason schedule yet, but we do know they are going to play the Flames on Sept. 18 in Saskatoon. Want tickets? Click here: WHAT'S A CREDIT UNION CENTRE?

I'm hearing the Panthers are going to play on Sunday in Calgary (the 16th), then move up the road to Edmonton for a date with the Oilers on Sept. 17 before heading to Saskatoon.

-- PS: According to a Swedish newspaper, Kristian Huselius says he and Keenan can co-exist in Calgary next season.

-- Speaking of fun, TicketMaster is said to be taking deposits in Hamilton, Ontario, for the expected relocation of the Nashville Predators in time for the 2008-09 season. So, instead of getting to party in Music City, we get to go to Hamilton. Go Tiger-Cats.