According to Aaron Portzline (Columbus Dispatch), the Columbus Blue Jackets have hired Manitoba Moose coach Scott Arniel as their new head coach.
After a two-month search that included one public rejection, the Blue Jackets have hired Scott Arniel to be their coach, The Dispatch has learned via multiple NHL sources.
Arniel, who has coached the AHL’s Manitoba Moose the last four seasons, will be introduced at a news conference at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Neither Arniel nor Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson would comment when contacted by The Dispatch.
Arniel is the third straight Moose head coach to make the move to the NHL. The others, of course, are Randy Carlyle (Anaheim) and Alain Vigneault (Vancouver).