According to various reports, the New York Rangers are close to bringing in Scott Arniel to be the Rangers’ second assistant coach, just one day after announcing the hiring of Ulf Samuelsson as their first assistant coach.
While I liked the Samuelsson pick up, I have to disagree with the move to bring in Arniel. Arniel used to be the head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2010 to 2012, where he supposedly did not have the best of relationship with his players, including Rick Nash, Derrick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, and John Moore, who all just happen to currently be on the Rangers. Now while there is no direct evidence of this dislike, besides speculation for some, it is well known that Brassard and his agent do not like Arniel because of choosing to use Brassard as a healthy scratch in a lot of games in 2011.
While the Rangers’ new head coach, Alain Vigneault, seems to have a good relationship with Arniel and knows him from his Vancouver Canucks days, we will all just have to hope that the players, especially Brassard, can let bygones be bygones so that this team can move forward.
Also it would probably help if Arniel is in a booth instead of behind the bench during this upcoming season. But whether all the ex-Blue Jackets on the Rangers hate this guy or not, it is certainly good that with all those bad stories and rumors floating around from Arniel’s Blue Jacket days that he is not the Rangers new head coach and only an assistant.