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Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (55) / 9/17/1962
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 170

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Scott Arniel has agreed to join ex-Canuck bench boss Alain Vigneault as an associate coach of the New York Rangers.
Arniel coached Vancouver's AHL affiliate in Chicago last season. "Alain was really good to me when I was in Manitoba and he was starting in Vancouver and also last year when I was in Chicago," said Arniel. "And when I was in Columbus (as head coach) he was a guy I talked to regularly. He's become a good friend and I am excited to work with him." Thu, Jul 4, 2013 02:56:00 PM

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Scott Arniel, just like many coaches in the AHL now, has the unenviable task of paring down an atypically large roster for the Canucks' affiliate.

Arniel has 49 players in camp, 23 of which were assigned by the Canucks on the eve of the NHL lockout, and he needs to get that down to 20 by the start of the season. Arniel realizes there's a delicate balance between winning and developing young talent. "It makes for a very big camp and some very tough decisions," Arniel said Wednesday, knowing the Canucks’ braintrust will be present next week to monitor the process. "We still have to find depth because if the NHL gets its season back up and running, we’re going to need it."
Wed, Sep 26, 2012 09:45:00 PM

As many anticipated, former Columbus Blue Jackets head coach will take the helm as the bench boss for the Chicago Wolves (the Vancouver Canucks' AHL affiliate).

Arniel also reportedly had a chance to be an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks. It's anyone's guess which job would actually be a better opportunity, but it appears that Arniel prefers to be the top guy. We'll see if he can make his way back up to the NHL level, then.
Source: Adam Jahns
Tue, Jun 26, 2012 01:07:00 PM

Former Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel could be a candidate to coach the Canucks' AHL team, the Chicago Wolves.

With Craig MacTavish stepping down as coach to take a front office job with the Oilers, the Wolves now have a coaching vacancy, and Canucks general manager Mike Gillis is very fond of Arniel. Arniel was the bench boss for the Manitoba Moose four years before taking the job with Columbus, and when he was fired Jan. 9, he latched on with the Canucks as a scout. "It is an interesting position and I have a history with the organization and the players as well," Arniel said. "I'm sure I'll be talking to Mike to see what's going on. I know this group and there's a comfort level and as a coach, you want to keep coaching. I don't know Chicago, only to have coached against them, and I don't want to get too far ahead in this process but it intrigues me and we'll leave it at that."
Mon, Jun 11, 2012 07:59:00 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a league worst .500 winning percentage when leading after 40 minutes.

Columbus is just 8-6-2 in games where they have the lead after 40 minutes. By comparison, there are 21 teams that have a 80% or better success rate when leading after two periods and there are five teams that have yet to choke in the final 20 minutes. Third period collapses aren't the only reason Columbus is well outside of the playoff race, but if they had held onto more of their leads, they wouldn't be in the NHL's basement. As it stands, the Blue Jackets are well on their way to getting the first pick overall in 2012.
Mon, Jan 2, 2012 10:42:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the only team in the NHL with 20 different goal scorers going into Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately, the players that they expected to be their top goal scorers, like Jeff Carter and Rick Nash, haven't excelled in that department this season. As a result, the Blue Jackets rank 26th in the NHL with a 2.29 goals per game average. That being said, all that secondary scoring could win them a fair number of games if Nash and Carter are able to turn their seasons around.
Thu, Nov 24, 2011 10:17:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't given up hope that they will be the Western Conference team to move to the Eastern Conference for the 2012-13 season.

The Winnipeg Jets are playing in the Southeast Division because there wasn't enough time to realign the conferences after they moved from Atlanta over the summer. That leaves the door open for a Western Conference team to move East and both the Red Wings and Blue Jackets want that opportunity. Detroit might be the favorites at this point, although some Western Conference teams might be reluctant to see the Red Wings go along with the fans games against them attract. We're probably going to hear a lot more about realignment when the NHL’s Board of Governors gather on December 5th and 6th.
Thu, Nov 17, 2011 10:19:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets lost a potential option for a replacement coach when the St. Louis Blues hired Ken Hitchcock.

There have been rumors circling that GM Scott Howson and coach Scott Arniel will be fired and that former Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock will be brought back. Obviously, that won't happen now that the Blues have scooped up Hitchcock. In a way, this can be seen as another defeat for a team that has already suffered far too many of them. Despite trying to bolster their team in the off-season, the Blue Jackets are 2-11-1 this season. They've never been this bad after 14 games before and for a team that's only made the playoffs once, that's saying something. It's true that the Blue Jackets have dealt with some significant injuries and suspensions, but it's hard to justify a record that terrible under any circumstances.
Mon, Nov 7, 2011 10:32:00 AM

Two very ugly losses this week and four days off this coming week will likely lead to changes in Columbus.

The Jackets were outscored 13-2 in losses to Toronto and Philadelphia this week and now have four days off to stew about them. We fully expect that both GM Scott Howson and coach Scott Arniel will be fired despite president Mike Priest's recent votes of confidence. Ken Hitchcock, who coached the Jackets a few years back, is rumored to be the frontrunner for the bench boss job when the firing takes place. Stay tuned.
Sun, Nov 6, 2011 11:15:00 AM

Blue Jackets president Mike Priest denied that he's talked about firing coach Scott Arniel and GM Scott Howson.

Ken Hitchcock, who has been rumored as Arniel's replacement, also denied the recent reports. "Let me be clear here, though," Priest said. "Everybody understands that the losing can’t continue." The Blue Jackets are just 2-9-1 this season, and that's after winning on Sunday. Regardless of whether Priest's denials are a matter of course or something else, it's fair to say that the Blue Jackets' head coach and GM's jobs are in jeopardy as long as the team continues to lose the vast majority of their games.
Mon, Oct 31, 2011 10:40:00 AM

Despite a recent vote of confidence, Jackets' coach Scott Arniel and general manager Scott Howson could be fired as early as Monday.

Reports out of Columbus indicate that Ken Hitchcock could return to coach the Jackets, while former Calgary GM Craig Button could take Howson's job as general manager. The team is off to a 1-9-1 start and attendance is way down. Something has to be done. Stay tuned.
Sun, Oct 30, 2011 10:12:00 AM

Blue Jackets president Mike Priest still believes in his General Manager, Scott Howson and head coach, Scott Arniel.

"I absolutely feel (that we can win)," Priest said. "Time will tell, but we are absolutely committed to winning. We demonstrated that this summer, and we’re not going to rest until we win. We hoped we wouldn’t be where we are. We have to keep pushing through this, but we also need to see our team. We don’t have our team. When we have our whole team assembled, and we have time to digest it, then we’ll be able to really take a hard look and evaluate it." The Blue Jackets are off to a 0-5-1 start, but they are also missing some important players. That being said, the difference between a playoff team and a bad team is often their ability to adapt to injuries and suspensions. It's too early to pass judgement on the Blue Jackets, but the longer they stay cold, the harder it will be for them to get back into contention.
Thu, Oct 20, 2011 10:28:00 AM

One of the key reasons Columbus is off to a 0-3-0 start is because their special teams haven't been getting the job done.

Columbus is 0-for-16 with the man advantage and just six-for-10 when trying to kill penalties. The Blue Jackets signed James Wisniewski over the summer to help them with the man advantage, but he was suspended during the preseason and isn't eligible to return until October 25th. On the plus side, Columbus' power-play did look more effective in Monday's game against Vancouver, even if it didn't result in a goal.
Wed, Oct 12, 2011 08:36:00 AM

The City of Columbus are looking to purchase Nationwide Arena.

The city does not want the Blue Jackets to move and will attempt to buy the arena with monies earned from a casino. "It's about economic development, not just now but into the future," City Council President Andrew J. Ginther said. As to be expected, not everyone on city council is on board. City council is expected to vote on October 3. We will keep you informed.
Fri, Sep 16, 2011 07:13:00 AM

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5Vinni Lettieri
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4Cody McLeod
5Ryan Gropp
6Matt Beleskey
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2Pavel Buchnevich
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3Tony DeAngelo
4Marc Staal
5Ryan Sproul
6John Gilmour
7Steven Kampfer
8Rob O'Gara
9Neal Pionk
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2Ondrej Pavelec