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Surprise Pick For Columbus

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

This Blue Jackets’ draft party in Nationwide Arena was a little like a New Year’s Eve party where midnight never came.

When general manager Scott Howson announced Ryan Johansen was the Jackets’ pick at No. 4 overall, many of the fans watching the arena’s big board didn’t know how to react.

There were no whoops. No screams. No celebration. There were no boos that I could hear, but there were a lot of oohs.

Johansen? Weren’t the Jackets supposed to take Erik Gudbranson, Cam Fowler or Brandon Gormley, one of the three stud defensemen the fans had heard so much about?

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Doug MacLean Talks Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Some of you are sick of (Doug) MacLean. You wish he’d go away—farther away than Toronto. If that’s the case, please carry on to previous posts here on Puck-rakers. Lots of information in the last 24 hours.

For the rest of you who may find amusement, embarrassment or even a kernel of truth in what MacLean says, here’s the rant:

“I’ve talked to lots of people about the interview process in Columbus. You have to keep it in perspective. The president of the team gets all of his hockey information from Google. He Googles everything, and that’s where he gets his hockey knowledge. I mean, Scott Howson … I like Scott Howson, I think he’s a good guy.

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Your New Head Coach In Columbus

from ColumbusBlueJackets.com,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have named Scott Arniel as the new head coach of the National Hockey League franchise, club General Manager Scott Howson announced June 8. Arniel (pronounced ahr-NEEL) agreed to a three-year contract through the 2012-13 season and was introduced at a press conference today at Nationwide Arena.

“Scott Arniel possesses all the qualities we were looking for in a head coach and we are very pleased to have him join the Blue Jackets organization,” said Howson. “He played in the NHL for many years, was an assistant coach in the league and has been successful in developing young players. Scott has been one of the top coaches in the American Hockey League the past four years, averaging 45 wins and 99 points a season playing an attacking, up-tempo game.”

“I am excited to have Scott Arniel join Scott Howson to lead our team together as the Blue Jackets begin a new era in our 10th NHL season in 2010-11,” said club president Mike Priest. “I think in these men we have two individuals whose abilities and compatibilities will compliment each other very well as we continue to build a team that will compete at a very high level year in and year out.”

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Columbus Has Their Coach

Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson will introduce the fifth head coach in franchise history at 3:00pm tomorrow.

via Aaron Portzline tweet,

#CBJ will introduce coach Scott Arniel at 3 p.m. on Tuesday

 

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Columbus Still In Need Of A Coach

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Guy Boucher has declined an offer to become the Blue Jackets’ coach, The Dispatch has learned.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson would not comment on the report, and Boucher did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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Options For Guy Boucher

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Will Guy Boucher be the next coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets?

Good question, because there are a number of interesting dynamics at work.

By all accounts, Columbus GM Scott Howson has offered the head coaching position to Boucher, who just finished his first year as a pro coach with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

It’s only a matter of time until Boucher, widely perceived as a rising star in the coaching ranks, makes it to the NHL. Whether it’s with Columbus this week remains to be seen. Columbus wants an answer by no later than Tuesday.

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Coach Talk In Columbus

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

As soon as word leaked that the Blue Jackets had offered wunderkind Guy Boucher the job as coach, questions started flying like snowflakes in a blizzard.

How can the Jackets take a chance on a man who has only one year of pro coaching experience? Do they have the personnel to play Boucher’s innovative system? Will Boucher’s system even work in the NHL?

How embarrassing would it be if Boucher, who would seem destined to field other NHL offers, declined the Jackets’ offer? Why would a guy in Boucher’s position turn them down? Would fan favorite Kevin Dineen still be interested if Boucher said no? Is Dineen even the second choice?

The offer dishes out generous helpings of both excitement and anxiety. For general manager Scott Howson, often criticized for being too conservative and too patient, this is a bold, aggressive move.

But is it the right one?

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Report- Blue Jackets Offer Coaching Job To Guy Boucher

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets have extended an offer to Guy Boucher to become their next coach, The Dispatch has learned via NHL sources.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson would not comment, but NHL sources said Boucher was pondering an offer this weekend with an agreement to get back with Howson by early next week.

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Hitchcock Gets Back In The Coaching Line

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Just prior to the start of the 2010 Olympics, Hitchcock was dumped by the Columbus Blue Jackets and replaced by assistant Claude Noel. But with no immediate offers elsewhere in the NHL, Hitchcock may return to the Blue Jackets as a senior advisor, a potentially good move for both sides since Hitchcock is still under contract to Columbus for two more years.

“I’ll move to the back of the bus and I’ll wait my turn (for a coaching position),” Hitchcock said. “Columbus has offered me a senior advisor position and I don’t even know what it is yet.”

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Columbus Coaching Options

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

Scott Arniel, coach of the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose, is on the short list of candidates to become the Blue Jackets next coach, The Dispatch has learned.

Arniel, 47, spent 11 seasons in the NHL with Winnipeg, Buffalo and Boston. After his NHL career ended, he played eight more season of pro hockey, both in the AHL and the now-departed IHL….

Arniel joins a list believed to include Guy Boucher, Kevin Dineen, Paul MacLean, Claude Noel, Brent Peterson and Jim Playfair—listed alphabetically—in the running to replace Ken Hitchcock, who was fired on Feb. 3.

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