Rangers to call on Keenan

April 17, 1993|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Staff Writer

LANDOVER -- The New York Rangers have scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. today and are expected to announce former Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers coach Mike Keenan as their new coach.

Keenan will replace interim coach Ron Smith, who was 15-21-6 after taking over the head coaching job Jan. 4 when Roger Neilson (19-17-5) was fired.

Keenan is coach and general manager of the Canadian team in the World Hockey Championships, which start next week in Munich,Germany. Neilson is one of his assistants.

Smith indicated he will be back coaching the Binghamton Rangers of the American Hockey League next fall, if nothing else comes up.

"I don't have any second-guess thoughts. As far as I'm concerned I did what I had to do," Smith said.

"When you go into a situation that has some turmoil, my job was to try and settle things down, and just be as positive as I could.

"I'm not disappointed. I've got a good position that I'm pretty much guaranteed I can go back to in Binghamton, plus I'd like to think that I would be a candidate to coach elsewhere at this level."

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