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Rangers’ Brassard, Arniel bury hatchet from Columbus feud

Sep 13, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 04: Derick Brassard #16 of the New York Rangers shoots the puck in overtime against the Washington Capitals in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) Getty Images

Rangers forward Derick Brassard and assistant coach Scott Arniel won’t let the past disrupt their future.

On Friday, Brassard told reporters there’s “no hard feelings” between the two from their rocky 2011-12 season in Columbus, when Arniel made Brassard a healthy scratch nearly 10 times — something Brassard’s agent, Allan Walsh, took exception to.

A quick refresher on that incident, from Brough’s post at the time:

You know how there were a bunch of trade rumors surrounding Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard? Yeah, you’re about to hear a bunch more thanks to Brassard’s agent, Allan Walsh, who absolutely ripped Columbus coach Scott Arniel in a statement to Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline.

Apparently Walsh is none too pleased with his client spending so much time in the press box as a healthy scratch.

“While I have tremendous respect for (general manager) Scott Howson and the rest of Columbus’ management team, the situation regarding Derick Brassard has become untenable,” said Walsh. “This coach [Arniel] has a history of burying players and using them as scapegoats to mask his own lack of success on the ice.

“Derick has been singled out, almost from the very beginning of the season, to be the fall guy in case things don’t go well. The Columbus organization cares about Derick and has been good to him, but at some point, one has to say, enough is enough.”

The fallout from the incident was ugly.

Arniel was fired within months, Columbus finished dead last in the league and Brassard had a pretty average season overall.

But during the 2013 season, things changed.

Brassard was overjoyed about getting a “fresh start” in New York (as part of the Marian Gaborik trade) and responded by scoring 11 points in 13 regular season games, then led the Rangers in playoff scoring with 12 points in 12 games.

Arniel, meanwhile, accepted a gig with Vancouver’s then-AHL affiliate in Chicago, posting a 37-30-9 record before accepting a gig in New York to work under former Canucks bench boss Alain Vigneault.

Now, Brassard and Arniel are reunited.

We’ll wait and see if it feels so good.

  1. 950003cups - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Are the NY Rangers trying to beat the NY Jets in the 2013 “NYs Dumbest Sports Franchise” contest?

  2. ragsrus - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Said the bitter Devils whose irrelevant team will finish out of the playoffs the next 10 years. Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the biggest losers in the NHL, the nj devils. Always in the shadow of the Rangers. Losers. Lmao at you.

    • 950003cups - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Yeah, I’m sure having one cup in 73 years is a great track record. Which, by the way, was won 19 years ago with 2/3’s of the team being Edmonton Oilers. During which time, the Devils have won 5 Eastern Conference Championships and 3 Stanley Cups.

      SUCK IT!!!

      • stakex - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        At this rate, you are going to be talking about how great those three cups are for a long time to come since the Devils don’t have much of a future.

  3. 950003cups - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    So anyway, to get back to the topic:

    Rangers traded for Brassard, even though he was in the dog house, because they had some confidence. Then he came over and produced very well. So, what does Ol’ Slats do? Hires the coach that made Brassard wanna leave CBJ! That should work out well. LOL

  4. ragsrus - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Devils are garbage. Always have been. You should worry about your own team. As pathetic as they are. Jagr hurts himself the First day. Clowe gets overpaid. Kovy realizes what a mess the debbies are and takes off. I could go on and on. LOL. and You won those cups by boring teams to death and you have nothing on the rangers. They own the devils in head to head and the playoffs. So you suck it, wimp.

  5. ragsrus - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    And let’s talk about the genius GM that fires his coach late in the year while they where in first place and that pathetic team gets kicked out of the playoffs while said coach wins the Cup with another team. Genius move. Enjoy last place. Jagr. Lololol

    • 950003cups - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      He didn’t win it with YOUR TEAM. And that genius GM you speak of is in the HOF specifically for being the best GM in hockey, and many argue that he is one the best GMs in ALL sports.

      Rangers are a joke franchise. Always have been. Can’t win anything. Won’t win anything. Lundqvist is about to bail out so he can actually win something. But if you do manage to keep him, he’ll eat up alllll your cap money.

      These are dark days ahead for the rangers, for years to come, and you have nobody to replace Lundqvist when he leaves. The Devils have Cory Schneider!!!

      The dark days for NJ are in the past. We now have an owner with pockets deeper than Jimmy Dolan, who have experience in sports franchises!

      Get yourself a Devils jersey, and come party with us! The official “Annual Renounce Your Ranger Fandom 2013” begins Monday morning and ends when the two team meet. Come now and enjoy what it feels like to win!

      Even wimp fairies like yourself are welcome! We will offer you self defense classes, since we do not allow punk wimps, such as yourself to join.

  6. MannySilvers - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Rangers’ fans are as arrogant as Yankees’ fans. The difference is the Yankees have the history and championships to back it up.

  7. President Charles Logan - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Much as I cant stand both the Devils and the Rags.. the Devils have had much more success in their much shorter existence then the Rags have had in a Century .

  8. c1md6 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Yes the Devils had had more success in their shorter history, however, it speaks volumes about the fan base that a team that has ensured so much success still can’t find a way to get fans in the stands. The same goes for the islanders, 4 cups in a row and yet still can’t get fans to the games, why because they’re not good? The Rangers have had some dark years but we always managed to support our team through thick and thin. The Devils can’t even hold on to their star player, he’d rather make less money in the Khl than play in that swamp, it’s embarrassing for the team and it embarrasses the sport as well.

    • stakex - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Devils fans are the lamest fans in the NHL. Going to Rangers/Devils games is a snooze fest, unless the Ragners score…

  9. cameltoews - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    I don’t know I think it’s pretty cool that the rangers have 3 home rinks in MSG, the Nassau Colesium, and the “rock”. We are about to add a fourth in the Barclays center.

  10. 950003cups - Sep 15, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Rangers = more fans
    Devils = more wins

    Devils future is stronger than the rangers at this point. We have a new rich owner and a solid arena. Last I heard, your fairies in blue are getting the boot from MSG. They’re moving you to Nassau. Enjoy! LOSERS!!

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