Rick Nash, who was the captain while Arniel was the head coach in Columbus, said "Arnie is great. We had a great relationship in Columbus. I really liked him as a coach. He adapts to the players. He played in the league. I am definitely excited he was here."
Alain Vigneault praised Arniel for the job he did in developing young players while the head coach in Manitoba of the AHL. Vigneault said that he benefited from what Arniel did with the young players because they were able to help the Canucks.