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Former NHL coach Mike Keenan signed a contract to coach in Russia.

Keenan, currently an analyst for the MSG Network, announced via Twitter from the Ural Mountains on Monday morning that he will coach Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the K.H.L.

"Just signed contract with Magnitogorsk of KHL," he wrote. "Looking forward to new coaching opportunity!"

Metallurg Magnitogorsk later announced the signing on its website.

Keenan coached the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames from 1984-2009. He won a Stanley Cup during his one season with the Rangers in 1994.

Keenan is known as "Iron Mike" because of his tough style that has worn quickly on players. However, he is fifth on the NHL's all-time coaching wins list with 672.

Metallurg Magnitogorsk is a three-time Russian and European champion. Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin started his pro career with the club and played for it during the lockout. He scored 23 goals and had 65 points in 37 games.

Also known as Magnitka in Russian hockey, the team is coming off a 27-25 season in the K.H.L's Eastern Conference. Sergei Mozyakin was the league's top scorer with 35 goals and 76 points in 48 games.
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