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Report: Scott Arniel expected to join Rangers coaching staff

Jul 2, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

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Just like Alain Vigneault before him, it appears Scott Arniel’s time in the Vancouver Canucks organization could be done.

According to Katie Strang of ESPN New York, Arniel is expected to join the Rangers and Alain Vigneault’s coaching staff, along with Ulf Samuelsson.

Samuelsson has been confirmed to be joining the Rangers’ coaching staff, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.

Arniel, who spent the last season as bench boss of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves, the Canucks minor league affiliate, had been a candidate for the head coaching position in Vancouver after Vigneault was fired.

From 2006 to 2010, Arniel coached the AHL Manitoba Moose – previously based out of Winnipeg before the NHL returned there – before moving on to become head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Under his watch, the Blue Jackets struggled, going 45-60-18 in not even two full seasons.

Should Arniel be hired in New York, he would be reunited with Vigneault, someone he knows very well from their time in the Canucks organization.

It would also reunite him with a pair of former Columbus Blue Jackets – Rick Nash and Derick Brassard.

  1. cincycbjfan - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    “It would also reunite him with a pair of former Columbus Blue Jackets – Rick Nash and Derick Brassard.”

    Have fun with that, kids! Both Nash and Brassard had terrible seasons under Arniel… not that they did much better under Richards, Noel, Hitchcock,……….

  2. jacketsfan7 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Well , rangers won’t make the playoffs next year

    • nicknyhc - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Yeah cause its not like the Rangers have made the playoffs the last few years, or the Canucks won the Presidents trophy under these guys or anything.

      • cincycbjfan - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        The use of irony to mock or convey contempt.

        While Tortorella and Vigneault are fantastic coaches, Arniel PROVED without a reasonable doubt that he belongs in the minors… head coach or otherwise… wish him the best, but Rangers fans better hope VIgneault doesn’t let him coach the offense, or jacketsfan7 WILL be correct!!!

  3. agellings - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    I bet Dorsett, Nash, Moore and Brassard can’t wait to see the old coach!

    I wonder if Brass will still be the “fall guy” or if he and his agent patched things up with Scotty,

    quick refresher:

    • DED - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      WTF? Why on earth would the Rangers hire this guy? What has he done? Why bring someone on board who had a contentious relationship with a player (Brassard) who shined once he came on board?

  4. billyhauntswizards - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    So we’re getting back a guy that was universally hated by Columbus players, including Nash, Dors, Brass, and Moore. Greattttttt :)

  5. barkar942 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    I am a Ranger fan, and I am unhappy where this is all heading. If Slats wanted Torts out, he should have brought in Mike Haviland.
    AV and crew are going to have a lot to prove. Take a team under a tough coach that whines and gets a less stringent coach = no playoffs for lack of discipline.
    Prove me wrong, Rangers.

    • Habib Marwan - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Mike Haviland is an unproven career asst coach and minor league coach , giving someone like that their first NHL job in the pressure cooker of NYC isnt the right move

  6. DTF31 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    This is great news for the Canucks. Arniel couldn’t coach offense to save his life. Maybe the farm hands will learn how to play in the offensive zone now.

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