Looks like filling out the Rangers roster won’t be the only task for Glen Sather this summer as a day after Carolina asked permission to speak with Ulf Samuelsson about their head coaching vacancy, the Canucks have asked to talk with Scott Arniel about their opening.
Arniel, who was the head coach in Columbus from 2010-2012, served as the head coach of the Canucks’ AHL affiliate Manitoba Moose from 2006-10. He won the AHL’s coach of the year award in 2008-09.
…when the Rangers first signed Arniel, I was just as guilty as anyone questioning the decision to hire a guy who’s had a spotty history with Brassard and a few other former Blue Jacket players. But my concerns were obviously proven false with the Rangers success this season.
…while the Rangers power play kept the team afloat during their early season struggles, it looked very Mike Sullivan-esque late in the season and into the playoffs. The Rangers 0-for-36 streak in the playoffs was the second longest power play drought in NHL playoff history, while their extra man futility in the Final (2-for-22) was a big reason that they weren’t able to hoist the Cup for the first time since 1994. As the man in charge of the power play, Arniel deserves the brunt of the blame for not being able to make the proper adjustments.
…obviously, when you make a run to the Stanley Cup Final you don’t want anything changed, but if Arniel ends up being hired as the next Canucks head coach, I wouldn’t exactly be crying in my Cheerios.