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Calgary Flames fire Mike Keenan following first-round playoff exit

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CALGARY - Another first-round playoff exit has cost Mike Keenan his job.

Keenan has been fired after just two seasons as head coach of the Calgary Flames.

The team made the announcement late Friday afternoon. General manager Darryl Sutter isn't holding a media availability until next week.

"Our team did not meet expectations," Sutter said in the statement. "Following detailed evaluation over the past three weeks, and taking into consideration all factors affecting our season ending result, we believe this is a necessary change required to allow our team to continue toward our objective of winning the Stanley Cup."

The Flames had an impressive regular season, recording 46 wins and 98 points. But they were ousted in the first round for the fourth straight season, a six-game defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The team also announced that other members of the Flames coaching staff remain subject to further review and evaluation.

Keenan, who had one year remaining on his contract, said following the playoff loss to Chicago that he believed he would be back to finish his deal.

"I have another year left on my contract," Keenan said. "My expectation is to be here to fulfil my contract."

Keenan was hired as the Flames head coach in June 2007, replacing Jim Playfair.

He leaves Calgary with an 88-60-16 regular-season record, while his 691 career victories rank him fourth all-time among coaches.

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