Yesterday the Coulumbus Blue Jackets welcomed new Head Coach Scott Arniel to the team. After the team offered the Job to Guy Boucher and he turned them down Scott Howson said at press conference that 20 minutes after that happend he contacted Scott Arniel and he accpeted the job right away
Scott Arniel quotes
On achieving his second “hockey dream” …
“Growing up, my dream was to play in the NHL one day. I was fortunate enough to live that dream. The last 11 years, my dream was to get back to the NHL as a coach. The call from (Howson) yesterday actually had my jaw drop. It’s not the call I was expecting. It’s one of the happiest moments of my hockey career.”
On what he sees on the Blue Jackets’ roster …
“I talked to a lot of people around hockey and everybody had me pointed in this direction. There are other organizations looking for coaches, but this one really intrigued me. There’s lots of skill, lots of talent, and there’s lots of youth. There’s good experience in there, too, and great goaltending. There are lots of things to be excited about here.”
On dealing with being Howson’s second choice …
“I didn’t really care what happened to the other candidates.”
On his puck-possession philosophy …
“You work so hard to get the puck, you ought to try and keep it. You have to pay the price, but I want guys to show their skills. The areas where you can game-manage is how involved is your ‘D”, how much are they pinching? You’re trying to press the opposition in their own zone, trying to be mobile with your “D” as much as possible. Everybody’s sort of doing the same thing, but it’s the parameters you put on your players, how much do you say ‘you can go here, or you can’t go there?’ I want to loosen people up and let them play.”
On whether he favors a 1-2-2 or a 2-2-1 forecheck …
“That’s going to be part of what I get to figure out about this team. Is our left side such that we want to let our center and right side guys go? Do we have both of our wingers go in and go center on center and have those guys take it up the ice? I want to get a feel for the players we have here and talk to them before I have an answer for that.”
On whether Rick Nash will play left wing or right wing next season …
“That’s a conversation I’m going to have with Rick, see what he thinks. He’s a world-class player, so if he says he likes the right side better, we’ll have a conversation about that. If we get into a situation where I need him on the left, I’ll tell him the reasons why and we’ll go down that road.”
There were four players at the press conference Derek Dorsett,Jared Boll,Steve Mason,and John Moore.
Arniel get’s a 3 year deal.
One big problem that the Jackets face is the lack of leader ship in the locker room they tryed to adress this last year when they got Chris Clark but i still belive that they still need more leadership or this team will not go anywere there is to many young guys on this team and this was a huge problem last year.
The Jackets also don’t have much cap to work with as they are loseing a lot of money every year. To improve this year they will have to get players proably though trade and or draft.
Arniel, 47, joins the Blue Jackets after spending four seasons as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose, the top affiliate for the Vancouver Canucks. He led the club to a 181-106-33 record (.617) from 2006-10.
If the Jackets do not trade there draft pick (4th pick) i would love for them to draft either D Erik Gudbranson, or Brett Connolly LW.
Gudbranson, 6’3 195 pounds Kingston (OHL)
|Connolly , LW 6’2 181 Team: Prince George (WHL)
Also today the Columbus Blue Jackets signed center Tomas Kana to a one-year, two-way contract this morning. Kana would have been a restricted free agent on July 1.
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