"You can see the class of Derick. The day I got hired he called me the next day. I was gonna reach out to him. We had a great conversation and I told him how proud I was of him and how he played last year with the Rangers. As a coach in Columbus, you are always going to have situations like ice time issues. There is nothing personal. Derick and I still work together. We have both moved on and hopefully for better days ahead."
"It was all created by the comments from his agent. Derick and I talked about it then and cleared the air then. It had a lot to do with that we had traded for Carter. We had drafted Ryan Johansen, we had Antoine Vermette and Derek McKenzie. We had a lot of centers and we asked Derick to move to the wing. The whole team struggled and it was something we decided as an organization to do and it didn't work out. At the end of the day I just think you move on."
3:07PM Scott Arniel spoke with Katie Strang and Andrew Gross and confirmed that there are no issues with Derick Brassard.
Arniel added that Brassard showed a ton of class to call and reach out after Arniel was hired.
He added that there never really was a big rift between the two and that it was created by Allan Walsh.
1:09PM: Via Carp at Rangers Report, Brassard's comments today were:
- On concerns about Scott Arniel, "No not, really. It's in the past. I am looking in front of me. I talked to Arnie when he got hired, I called him, there are no hard feelings. I think he can be a good additon to our forwards and our PP. No hard feelings with Arnie. Like the coach says on the shirt, it's a clean slate. Everything is good between us."
- On their relationship in Columbus, "I don't wanna think about my past in Columbus. We are here to help the Rangers, here to help the team on the ice. He is here to help the players and PP. As soon as he was hired I called him and told him that he could be a great fit for us and I am looking forward to working with him.
- On why Arniel can be a fit, "he played in the league so he has experienced. When I talked to AV, Arnie worked a long time with the farm team in Vancouver. He was doing a great job there, that is why AV brought him to NY. We can't look at the past, we are looking at what is in front us. We want to help the Rangers.
12:55PM: According to tweets from Katie Strang and Andrew Gross, Derick Brassard called Scott Arniel after he was hired as an assistant coach and said that there are no hard feelings from their issues in Columbus.
Strang quotes Brassard as saying that he thinks Arniel can be a real help for the Rangers forwards and power play.
THIS SECTION is about Arniel
- On his approach, "I am coming in with the same approach of just having fun on the ice and making plays. I want to make adifference and bring my game up, I am excited to be here and play for the Rangers and be with good players. If I work hard everything will take care of itself.
- On the new coaching staff, "It's good. We have a new leader, a new voice. We had a good pace in practice. It was pretty hard and I am just looking forward to having a new training camp.
- On his role without Stepan, "it's hard to replace a guy like Step, he is a big part of the team. We have a lot of depth at center whether it's Richie or Brian or even that young kid Lindberg, we all have to step up and hopefully we can have Steps in the next few weeks as we get going."
- On AV's system, "I remember two years ago we came to the Garden and played the Rangers, we didn't play the Rangers often and it was really high paced and I think that the way AV wants to play it's going to be with the puck. We have good defense that move really well. We want to play quick and be hard to play against."
- Is there a special relationship because they are both from the same area, "No, not really. I met him a few times before he was hired. It's nothing different. He will be my coach and I don't think it matters that we are from the same city."
- On starting the camp with the Rangers rather than being acquired mid-season, "I felt really comfortable coming in. I know all the guys. I know my way around the city and the practice facility and it helps a lot. I just want to bring the same game. Last year I had successs because I was just playing. I prepared myself well over the summer both on and off the ice and I don't see myself not achieving my goals."