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Report: Arniel chooses Vancouver over San Jose? (Update — yes, he did)

Jun 22, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

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According to Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press, ex-Blue Jackets bench boss Scott Arniel is finalizing a deal with the Vancouver Canucks to become head coach of the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.

If accurate, it would refute an earlier report that Arniel was set to become Todd McLellan’s assistant in San Jose.

Arniel, 49, was fired by Columbus in January after a dismal 11-25-5 start to the campaign. He’s been out of work since, but sounded as though he’d relish the opportunity to get back in the coaching ranks, regardless of league.

“It is interesting,” Arniel said earlier this month regarding the AHL Chicago gig. “As a coach, you’re always looking at opportunities. I want to be an NHL head coach again but I don’t know if there is anything for me this year. Certainly there are some assistant jobs available but this one [Wolves] is intriguing.”

That Arniel (reportedly) picked the Canucks organization isn’t much of a surprise. He coached Vancouver’s farm team when it was in Manitoba, from 2006-10.

Update: Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch said he’s spoken with Arniel and yes, he has taken the AHL Chicago job.

  1. finfan88shark - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Nobody wants to coach with that failure McLellan

  2. sjsharks66 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    The failure that has gotten us so many pacific titles, western conference twice in a row? Yeah what a huge failure. Our assistants are the reason we fail, the box penalty kill is unacceptable.

  3. johnguelff - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    trust me, when mcLennan left detroit, i cried a dont want him?? we will GLADLY take him back

  4. sjsharks66 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    And that’s why the sharks have been so successful. TMAC was working with mike. An amazing coach.

  5. finfan88shark - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Do the names of Dave Lewis or Robbie Ftorek ring a bell?

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