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Scott Arniel was on TSN 1290 on Tuesday and said that he hopes to get a second chance at being a head coach in the NHL.

Arniel coached 1 1/2 seasons in Columbus, going 45-60-18 from 2010 to 2012.

He said that he feels better prepared to be a coach this time around and that he knows the league much better now than he did before taking the Columbus job. 

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Scott Arniel was on TSN1290 on Wednesday and said:

  • On the series, "This has been a wild series, it was close and then wide open, it's going all over the map. I'm not sure, when you are on the right side of the wide open ones you are okay with it but you don't want to see that many goals going in against you, obviously.'
  • On the mood before Game 6, "this is a funny group. We have a lot of guys who have been through this numerous times, a lot of guys who have played a lot of hockey at this time of year. This group goes about their business and it's a very business like approach for our guys. Sometimes you think that you have a handle on stuff and you go out and lay and egg and other times they are quiet and play outstanding. They know when to step up at the right times and hopefully they can do it one more time on Friday night."
  • On Brassard, Miller and Nash, "JT Miller, first round pick, has played a lot of center and wing and we were hoping he would take a step and he started in Hartford and made his way here and he bounced around from the fourth line to higher. We felt that we needed some size and he can skate and make plays and we felt that putting him and Nash together and moving Nash over to the right side so the matchup was better for us. Brassard has great skill. Tuesday was a show that they put on. They have been playing a lot against Stamkos and we needed that from them."
  • On Game 7 at MSG, "been there a few times. You don't sleep well right before, all day long it's pins and needles and you can't wait to get the game going. The building will be electric and it's what everyone wants to see. I don't know if the coaches want it but this is where we are at and the best team moves on to the Stanley Cup Final.
  • On the first goal, "anytime you can score early that is big and to build on top of it it takes the crowd out of it. We all know the importance of how big that goal is and that is why your attention to detail has to be so good. You can't take your foot off the gas or forget about your assignment because they have weapons on their side."
  • Who is due to score, "hopefully some of the guys who don't play a bigger role, a Hagelin, Kevin Hayes, even a Dom Moore, maybe some defensemen, you are hoping that your top players are your top players and that role players step up. You need everyone rolling and to chip in. It would be nice to see some of the guys we don't rely on as much for goals stepping up."
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Sam Rosen spoke with Scott Arniel prior to the Rangers game against Buffalo (MSG):

  • On Skapski, "You love to see these moments. Mackenzie has to be so excited, he is a great kid and he looks like he is 14 years old but he has earned an opportunity and played real hard and played well in Hartford. As a group we want to make the game easier for him."
  • How do you do that, "one way is to be real good at our end of the rink, and making sure that we are smooth on our breakouts and doing a good job on our coverage and that when the other team is coming through the neutral zone that we have numbers coming back and always going back to take away time and space and trying to make it easy so that if there are shots he will see them and do a good job of boxing out."
  • On getting used to a new goalie, "that will be a little bit on the fly with the defense, we haven't had a ton of practice time but a little bit and it has to do with the exchanges. It was an adjustment to go from Hank to Talby, some of the language, maybe one guy talks more and this will be another. As long as they communicate with him and vice versa things should work out."
  • On the last few teams, "we haven't been getting the goals because we have been gambling and not worrying about our end, it's about some of our decision making coming out of the zone. One of our strengths is how clean we are coming out and we usually break out as a five man unit and it's usually 1-2-3 passes before we get across our own blueline and lately we haven't been as crisp and turned it over right inside our blue line, we want to make sure that we get back to that first and we know that with our speed and forecheck we will get lots of offense and we want both to be working at the same time."
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Scott Arniel spoke with Sam Rosen prior to the Rangers and Stars (MSG):

  • On yesterday's game, "we didn't give Nashville very much, we made some mistakes and they had a couple of good one-time slap shots. Cam gave us a chance to win, we needed to score one more goal and he was good and has been good for us all year."
  • On losing Jesper Fast, "a big part of the PK and leads in hits, he likes to finish his checks and is real reliable for us. At this time of year a lot of injuries happen and guys have to step up. Some guys get more ice time and a larger role, so we gotta make due while he is out."
  • On the game against Dallas, "very fast and mobile and a big first line and they create a lot of offense and they will be ticked off after losing to Buffalo, so will we, but we have to be sharp."
  • On D who shoot it well, "you gotta stay close, whether it be the cycle or PP, you gotta take away the ice they want to work with, you need to be on top of them and make them pass it away."
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7:54PM: Arniel spoke with John Giannone and was quoted as saying:

  • "all night the game plan has been that the Panthers played last night , played 65 minutes. That is part of our thought process, after a bad first ten minutes were fast at the end of the first and really fast through the second. He said that the want to make sure that the Panthers have to go 200ft in the third? and maybe that will wear them out."
  • On what he wants to see from the Rangers in the third, "the Rangers have had 75% of their shot chances have been on goal, we need to get more pucks on net after only 12 last period. Bad angle shots, we know the rebound will be there, we do that every day in practice and it's part of our game plan."
5:53PM: Scott Arniel spoke with Sam Rosen before the Rangers and Panthers on MSG:

  • On tonight, "there are a lot of good things that happened in Dallas. We followed up on some of the good road games, a couple of breakdowns, but at the end of the day you start over, come into Florida against a team that played last night, make sure we jump on them, don't give them a chance to get their legs under them and make sure we are the more aggressive team."
  • On changing styles, "whether it's a winning or losing streak you try and find your game, we were on good role and we did some good things, not enough to win, but our mentality is five man units in all zones, all our units are going and rolling and getting everyone into good habits."
  • On the Panthers, "hard working team that is very aggressive, especially on the forecheck, they are going to play the game tight, a lot of shootouts and one goal games, they won't open it up and give us ice to work with. Win our battles and take a step forward and make them defend more than they want to."
  • On Derek Stepan, "one thing about Derek that gets overlooked, everyone takes for granted that he plays against top lines and shuts them down, he wasn't scoring but he was doing all the right things without the puck, still making plays offensively, on the PK and PP, he got rewarded and players get streaky and we want them to score more often but he does lots of good things for us 5 on 5."
  • On resolutions, "lets get to that cup and win it this year."
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Dave Maloney spoke with Scott Arniel between the second and third period and quoted him as saying:

  • ?"generally very happy with the two period and the most important point was to continue to be physical on the Jersey defense, especially the young guys. Knock them off the puck, make them pay the price and be cognizant of them being eliminated for the rush up the ice."
  • "no repeat of the third period against the Caps, they came out and fired 7 shots in the first minute on Henrik Lundqvist."
Arniel added, "by and large very happy with the game so far but look for them to continue to be physical on the Jersey defense."
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John Giannone spoke with Scott Arniel after the second period and quoted him as saying:

  • "you can tell that this is a back to back, that these teams have traveled a bit. I like what we have done so far of getting through the neutral zone and we have had a lot of zone time, it's just a matter of putting the puck in the net."
  • "I would like to see us get the next goal because maybe that will take some of their will away. I know they must be saying that it's only a one-goal game on the road, we just need to find a way and get our D involved."
He added that Arniel said, "for five periods we have not been outworked by these team, we just need to make sure that it doesn't happen for a sixth period and we will win the game."
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Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone between the second and third period and Giannone quoted Arniel as saying:

  • "we are getting all sorts of chances tonight because they are just blowing up the ice. Both defensemen are joining the rush almost every single time and that is creating an opportunity for us but for every chance that we can they are getting chances too, it's a different type of game, you want to take advantage of the opportunities but also take care of your own end."
  • Do you hunker down in the third, "they will take every possible chance in the third, we need to keep not only one guy high but two. We have to match their numbers in our end, 3 on 3, 4 on 4 or 5 on 5."
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Scott Arniel spoke with Sam Rosen on MSG before the Ran and Habs:

  • On time off and the key thing they worked on, "it was an unexpected break. We were looking at 15 in 29. We practiced the one day we were supposed to travel, maybe a bit more of an extended practice and then we gave them off Friday which was nice for some of the guys who have been going pretty good. It's all detail stuff for a team that is on a roll and one of the top in the East. We gotta make sure we are good."
  • What do you want to bring from the Philly game, "the one word we have been looking for is consistency. Just, we played hard in all areas, good without the puck, even against Philly our forecheck was strong. Against a mobile team like Montreal, it has to be an area that is good. We need to be consistent for 60 minutes, not just a period here and there."
  • On Montreal, "nothing changes for us. We know what worked in the playoffs and we made them work and put a lot of pressure on their defense. They are a transition speed and have speed if you let them open up the game. We need to have them play from the red line back."

Alain Vigneault met with the media prior to the Rangers game against Montreal: (NYR)

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Scott Arniel spoke with Sam Rosen on MSG before the Rangers/Wild game:

  • Is the team not far off, "the San Jose game was probably our most complete game, maybe STL. We have had games with bits and pieces and it's the little details stuff that we have to do shift in and shift out. We have lulls and that is when we get into trouble. We have to get consistency for 60 minutes."
  • How do you get better decision making, "it's recognizing where the danger is. If we get to the opposition blue line and try to make another play or chip and chase and get on our forecheck. If it's getting out of our zone and making direct plays, using our speed and making the other team turn and chase. It's decision making with the puck or not. We do a pretty good job defensively but sometimes we shoot ourselves in the foot by giving pucks back to the opposition."
  • On the PP, "obviously it has been a work in progress. Not having Step and Boyle has adjusted things but we are still trying to figure out who can do what. It was good in Jersey, terrible giving up that shorthanded goal in MTL. For us it's just making sure that we establish the shot."
  • On the Wild, "the first thing is the first period, I don't think they have given up many goals at all. They have a good top six and we need to keep the puck out of their hands and make them defend."
  • On being at home, "it's a good stretch, we need to take advantage of it."
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6/20/14 | 3:26PM: The Canucks are still expected to interview Scott Arniel for their vacant head coaching position even though Willie Desjardins is the front runner. (Dan Murphy)

Doug MacLean said on Hockey Central at Noon today that Arniel was interviewing on Monday.

6/17/14 | 9:56PM: The Canucks have asked for permission to speak with Rangers associate coach Scott Arniel. (John Shannon)

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Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG before game one against the Kings:

  • On the last 6 days, "It took a couple of days to figure out who we would play. We thought it would be Chicago and then it was LA but once we knew we all focused on what we had to cover and we went to work and all presented it to the team and hopefully it's the game plan for success."
  • Does everyone understand how big, "everyone knows the end prize but we are trying to focus on game one and a good start and using the break we had and fresh legs. First ten minutes in this building is tough and we need to be as good or better."
  • What do the Kings present, "there are different areas. They will finish their checks and we need to be fast. Everything has to happen quick and we need to be on the forecheck. They are good on faceoffs and if we don't win we need a game plan to get it back. We know what they do but it's our game plan that is going to bring us success."
  • Fun or nerve wracking, "nerves until the game starts but once it starts then you are in the moment and you don't worry about it too much."
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Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG prior to the Rangers/Canadiens game six:

  • Is it fun, "there is some fun to it, once the game starts you are in the moment and watching the other team what they are doing or a play we have set up, you get into it so you don't think about it too much but leading up to the game there are some nervous moments but at the end of the day as a group you need to enjoy the moment. It's an important game but you gotta live in the moment and have fun with it."
  • On forgetting game five, "as a group we have always done our post game sort of look at video and shown guys clips of the right and wrong way to play and we will move onto this next one and there will be new challenges and a good gameplan that we feel that can win tonight and we will focus on that. You can't get caught up on yesterday, you need to just think about tonight."
  • On the game plan, "one of our strengths is that when we get through the neutral zone and not turning pucks over it allows us to play offense and we did that against Philly, we did that against Pitt and against MTL and we need to get more pucks to the net. Maybe we are making one extra play, we need to get 10-15 shots per period on this goalie and make him work.
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Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG before the game:

  • On any of the talk filtering into the dressing room, "As the series goes on emotions start to come into it and things happen. Emotions are running high and it always happens and we just need to focus on our job. There is a lot happening behind the scenes, we can't control that and will just go out and play the game."
  • On what you want to focus on tonight, "offensively there are things that we can be better. We got a bit away from our drive game and speed. We cut into the middle a lot and we are more of a push the defense back team using our outside speed. Get pucks on net, we had some good looks and put them wide. We need to make them make the first save and the rebounds will be there. Our forecheck and getting on the defense is key."
  • On Dominic Moore stepping up tonight, "The thing with Dom in this playoffs is that he has had different roles and has been tremendous. He is using his experience every night and tonight he will see a lot of Deharnais, Gallagher and Pacrioretty that has given us trouble. Dom is a smart guy and knows how to play and knows to throw the pucks wide in the neutral zone and let them to use their speed. He is a smart player and adjusts well and we need him to be real good in our end against those three.
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Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG before the game:

  • On the last five games, "obviously if we go back to the fifth one it was a step to get us where we are today. Every game had it's own, played out in it's own way. At the end of the day it's about what happens tonight. We did some great things in Montreal and there are some good numbers but it all goes away if we come home and don't play the same way. We need to make sure that our A game is here, it's not coming home to be comfortable, it's making sure we get after Montreal and getting them on their heels."
  • On the killer instinct, "we have been talking about small steps and saying it since game seven against Philly. Lets worry about the first shift, the first period, it's been a couple of days since our last game and we need to come out with a good start and not get looking at where we may be after the game but where we are after the first period."
  • On special teams, "you need to make sure at this time of the year that they aren't hurting you and it was a struggle in the Philly series but we found some life in both areas against Pittsburgh, a very dominant team with special teams but at the end of the day it was real good for us. In this series we need to keep our foot on the gas on the PP or make sure we get positive results from whether it be goals or scoring chances. Our PK needs to frustrate them and not allow them any momentum."
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Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone before the game on MSG:

  • On the game two plan, "it's always been about us, you look at the oppositions and their key players and system but when we step on the ice we need to play a certain way and that is what we worry about the most. We gotta make sure that the distractions stay away and for when we don't have the puck how to check and when we do have the puck how to score."
  • On distractions, "we talked a little before the series, we knew that MTL is a huge market, it's more about staying within ourselves and what we can control. The outside stuff will come, Chris is a player who needs to focus on how he plays each shift and you need to keep it out of your mind."
  • On the PP, "the toughest thing in the playoffs is that you are playing the same team and the PKers have a good read on what to do and how to pressure all the time. It was us getting a good read on what to do and in the Pitt series we got better and figured out their PK and we had an idea of what MTL liked to do after two series and from the last game of the season. Sometimes it's on, sometimes it isn't but we need to win puck battles, get shots and get traffic in front of the goalie.
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Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG before the Rangers and Canadiens:

  • On the emotions of being in Montreal, "it's the next step, getting through Pitt was an emotional series and we need to reload and start over again. We have a lot of French guys, so it's important to them and to Alain who used to coach here so we had a lot of story lines. It's two teams that are similar, good transition, fast, it should be an exciting series."
  • On making sure the past in MTL isn't an issue, "I think that playoffs and regular season are different animals and we need to build off of what we did against Philly and Pitt. Everyone needs their A Game. We need to use our quickness and forecheck and get some opportunities."
  • On puck battles, "we saw with Pitt coming through the neutral zone to try and carry it into our end, they can make skill plays, we don't want to turn pucks over. MTL is quick, transition team, our ability to get on the forechck has a lot to do with getting through the neutral zone. If we make them back up or turn around and chase pucks it builds into how we want to play."
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Associate coach Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG before game seven between the Rangers and Penguins:

  • On the emotions, "obviously with game seven there is lots of nerves and anticipation to start playing. It seems like a long time since game six so you just want to drop the puck and get playing. I know the players are excited. This is what you live for, the things you look back on and we have already had a game seven so maybe it's something we can draw back on for experience."
  • On extra comfort, "I think anytime Hank is in net, he is always giving our team confidence. Our best players need to be our best players. It isn't just 2 or 3 guys, it's a team game and in game five and six our team game really stepped up and our top end guys stepped up and we need to do it for one more game."
  • On the execution, "we have talked about getting through the neutral zone and getting on the forecheck which is a big strength. We gotta make them defend and play in their end of the rink and making sure that we get through the neutral zone with speed and get to that puck quickly."
  • Do you coach it differently, "nothing changes, if you start zeroing in on too much and the players get thinking and we just want the players to react and get playing and like we said, we just went through and need to do it again. We need to believe in each other and play with that emotion and play it hard."
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Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG before the game:

  • Are the players confident, "obviously, to go into their building with our backs against the wall and to win like we did, the guys want to build on that. The guys are feeling good about the game. Game four we weren't good, game five we were and we did a better job of getting through the neutral zone and our forecheck and it gave us confidence and an early goal."
  • On emotion in game five and tonight, "there is a lot of it with Marty's situation, everyone was focused and wanting to do the best for Marty and his family and I think maybe it carries again with Marty being in the building with his family. You need to use what you can to get ready for games but it has brought us together."
  • On the PP goals, "that is a big weight off their shoulders, it's all they have been asked about the last few weeks and rightly so and when you aren't producing it's frustrating and we started to make plays and had 10 shots on net and it breaks down the PKers."
  • On the message,"just get a consistent work ethic. Our work ethic from 4 to 5 was night and day."
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Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG before the Rangers/Penguins game five:

  • On the emotions with Marty, "everyone is feeling for Marty. We landed last night and found out just as we were about to get on the bus. It shook everyone and Marty went home to take care of business but for him to come back today, he wants to be with his teammates and his teammates really want to be with him at this time, you become a family and it's great that we can all be with him."
  • What do you need to do better, "obviously getting through the neutral zone has been a tough chore. For a team that everyone talks about their offense, they do a good job of not allowing us to get our rush game going and our forecheck and that is our strength. WE talked about things and way to get through there and if we get back to our forecheck and get zone time we will have success."
  • Would fatigue be part of it, "no, because game three was probably our best game and we were in their zone a lot. It's probably why they adjusted and shut us down in game four and didn't allow us to skate. I don't think that is the reason, we need to be more conscious, we can't skate stickhandle through there and it may need to be chip and chase? and get it back and if they have numbers we need speed and getting into the zone."
  • On thePP, "obviously more than anything it's about relaxing and making plays. It's been a tough couple of weeks and we don't want to get it to be a negative and not wanting to make plays. We need to keep making plays and establish a shot and traffic around the net and I think it was game three where we had good opportunities and 3-4 shots and it broke them down and it's what we need to do."
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Rangers associate coach Scott Arniel was on Winnipeg Radio last night (680 AM):
  • How has the season been, "it's been great, outstanding. New York is a great city, a very big city, bigger than some of the other cities I have lived in and for all of us, being brand new, a lot of new players, things have been real good. It took us a while to get going, we had a tough start but we found a way to grow over the season and make the playoffs.
  • On his family coming to NY, "they enjoy coming. They enjoy visiting but we try to keep them out of the expensive stores."
  • On the adjustment for the team at the start, "probably the biggest thing is that AV is so much different from John Tortorella, you have two different styles and the players re used to things a certain way. They had great success under John Tortorella in NY and they were in the playoffs an awful lot with him. It took some time but we also started on the road for all of training camp the first nine games, for us it was tough. All the players were trying to figure us out, we were trying to figure them out. The road didn't help us a lot but we got going in November and became a good road team and when we jumped through after Christmas we took off and had one of the best records in the second half of the year."
  • On the Flyers series, "They are a tough team to play, very tough in their building. They are skilled, have young players, one of the top PPs in the league, Voracek and Simmonds and Giroux, those guys have been together for a while and they knew how to move the puck around. We were fortunate that Mason got hurt at the end of the year but Emery was very good, still Mason came in and played very well for them but at the end of the day, having Henrik Lundqvist helped us a lot. Game seven you never know how it will go but we played a good game and could have been up 4-0 or 5-0 after two periods but Mason kept them in that game."
  • On the defense and the roster, "I think that you have to be around and watch them a lot to to understand how good they are. Ryan McDonagh is on the Norris ballot, probably in the top 5-6 in the league, a great skater, good offense but an unbelievable defender. Dan Girardi has been here for a while and is known as a hard nosed, shut down defenseman. Marc Staal had the big injury last year but has bounced back and then we have guys like Klein and Stralman and Moore who many don't know about but they play a great game of hockey and we play a very up tempo game and they have bought into how we play and done a great job with that."
  • On the challenges against the Pens, "we know about the big guns, they have some elite players but for us, we are a very aggressive team on the forecheck, we aren't big but fast and a great transition team. We need to play to our strengths, we need to make them defend and have them play in their end of the rink and make it a 200ft game. If we get into a wide open game and start trading chances we will probably come out on the short end of it. We saw a good example of Columbus' work ethic against Pitt and it's about us making sure our work ethic is the best it can be. We want to get pucks to Fleury, get traffic and making sure that he can't see point shots and make them play a lot of defense and if you do the percentages go in your favor."
  • On protecting leads, "we have the ability to watch all six of their games even though it's been a short amount of time but I don't know, Columbus had leads and lost, Pitt had leads and lost and it was such an up and down series. If you look around the league, no lead has been safe. It's been an unbelievable playoffs and you can't take your foot off the gas and back off and the ones that do play on their heels and giving these teams a chance to come back. We got that way a little bit last night in the last ten minutes and its funny, you don't do it consciously and you tell them to keep going forward and attacking and it just seems like it's hard to defend and the way the rules are it's built more towards offense. If we can get to these guys and defend well hopefully that leads to wins."
  • On parity, "the best teams that earn the chance to get into the playoffs, it's not because you are in a weaker division. As much as we looked at it early on and people complained, can you imagine that Boston is playing Montreal, we are in Pittsburgh, LA and Anaheim have never played, that is the stuff that people want to see and if you are in those home towns you are seeing the guys that you hate the most, the teams and players that you saw an awful lot of and that is the rivalry that the league is trying to build. All the series have been outstanding and all the game sevens and it's been good hockey and I don't think it will drop off and think it will go all the way through."
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When Alain Vigneault joined the Rangers he said that he wanted each of his PP units to have three types of one shot (left or right) and two types of the other.

Vigneault said that it?s too easy for penalty killers to cover lanes and block shots when there are a group of players on the ice who shoot the same way, ?when you have those one-touch passes options, the one-time shot, it makes it a lot more challenging for the opposition. If you have that, and a skill set and guys that want to learn you can have a power play that wants to go.?

The Rangers PP units for most of the season have been comprised of:

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Sam Rosen spoke with Scott Arniel on MSG before the Rangers and Coyotes game:


  • Alain Vigneault pre game press conference, HERE

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Scott Arniel spoke with the Rangers website yesterday about returning to Columbus and the state of the Rangers:

  • On being back in Columbus, "I would like to say that it's all great memories and super things happened but it was part of my learning curve as a coach here and it was my first opportunity as a NHL head coach. Like I said I wish the results were different but I got to work with a lot of real good players and a good organization and certainly my time here whether short or long is memorable. I was a little nervous the first time so now I feel like I am a bit more of a veteran."
  • On going through his former spots, "the other night and you go into Winnipeg and it's a lot of family and friends and I still have a house there so that was different and I know that there were a lot of Ranger fans I handed out enough hats and shirts to people so I knew we would have our crowd in that building too and I guess when you have been around as long as I have you tend to run into places that you played or worked and a lot of people. It was nice to go into Winnipeg and get that game and this one will be even bigger."
  • On Rick Nash returning to Columbus, "I know he will be excited and nervous. I know when they came in the last time he was very nervous even though it was in our building. It's just human and he had a great career here, played a lot of years here, did a lot in the community. He is very well respected in the city and I sure he will be well received and now he really needs to step up and show them how good of a player he is and if he can get on the scoreboard it will be a bonus."
  • On Nash's shorthanded goal from Tuesday, "when he gets one on one with the goalies he is one of the most dangerous players in the league, when he gets that speed moving like that, to get it at that time in the game it was big for us. PP, PK or 5 on 5 the other team is always leery of where he is at and he took advantage of a turnover and he is such a dangerous player and when he gets alone with the goalie it is usually going in the back of the net."
  • On what drives Nash and what kind of person he is, "he is a quiet guy but very popular with his teammates. He loves his time away from the rink, he loves to golf in the offseason and I know that when he was here and when I came in his biggest thing was always about winning and that is all he cares about. He has had success on the world stage with the Olympics and he wants to win at the NHL level and he wants to show people he is a leader in that department. He doesn't speak much but his game speaks loud for what it is. He is one of the dominant power forwards in the league and I think he is one of 10 guys who really stick out that have size, strength, skill and goal scoring ability. Other teams, every time the lineup goes on the board I am sure that a big circle goes around his number. You gotta be leery of where he is at and now with Marty and Brass and Zuccy it gives us a couple of dangerous lines and the other teams defense just can't rely on one player and Rick has seen the top defense over the years and it's a good situation for him."
  • On Marty St. Louis, "this is all new to him. He has never played for any other team and all those years in Tampa and the PP has always revolved around him and his skill and he has played with great players like Lecavlier and Stamkos and Boyle when they won the cup. There was some years of building trust and knowing players and now he gets dumped into a team with players where he doesn't know many very well other than Richie so he is trying to get people to understand how he wants to set up but he also doesn't want to disrupt the apple cart. Our PP was moving pretty good and he wants to fit in. In Tampa he has always had right handed shots when he gets set up on that off side and he is a great passer and the right shots really compliment him and we are a team of all lefties so that is why we have tried to put Step in the middle of the ice so that he has a righty to try and get some of what he is used to. It's a work in progress and Marty has been great and whether he is talking with Brass and Zuccy about their 5 on 5 game on the bench he is trying to just fit in and doesn't want everyone to change just to get him the puck. He just wants to slide in and I think the game against Ottawa was the best that he has played, not that he got on the score sheet, but that line was so dangerous and I told him this morning that if you build off of that one it will be a good building block for him. He feels good and as soon as you get chemistry with your linemates the game becomes simpler.
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Sam Rosen spoke with Scott Arniel on MSG before the game against Winnipeg:

  • ?On generating more offense, "obviously that is a big part of winning games and it takes the heat off of your defensive games, having to worry about playing at your end of the rink and for us it's about getting people at the net. We don't always score the prettiest goals we seem to get them when it's the second rebound, deflections, traffic on top of the goalie. When you are having trouble scoring goals you need to spend more time in front of the net."
  • On Marty St. Louis, "We have talked to Marty and have talked with his teammates and it seems like everyone is trying to get Marty the puck and he is recognizing that other guys have some good lucks where they should shoot the puck and he is trying to get them to do that. Everybody wants it to work real quickly for Marty. We just want to get back into a position to where we are playing our games, if you are in a situation where you can shoot the puck you should do that and Marty will get open and find a way. He was with one team for a long time and that chemistry takes a long time to build."
  • On Winnipeg, "We normally? counter with our size with Zuccarello and St. Louis but we do it with our speed and our quickness. They are big and have some wingers that can move as well that have speed, if they try to run around and use their size it means moving around quick, finding holes and countering and making them defend."
  • On being back in Winnipeg, "lots of memories here in the NHL and AHL. We are the enemies now and for us tonight it's us getting two points and I will take that."
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Scott Arniel spoke with Sam Rosen on the MSG pre game show:

  • What is missing, "I think that obviously we want to score. We have done a good job not giving up odd-man rushes which a few weeks ago was an Achilles heel for us. Lately we have been doing a great job of creating turnovers and getting good chances off that. Now we need the production from it. You want to see the guys get rewarded when they do those things and we just need to keep pounding pucks at the net and banging bodies and getting sticks to the net."
  • On the current situation, "you try to keep up and stay positive. We have to put yesterday behind us. We need to be prepared for Minnesota. Win tonight and hopefully it leap frogs us into a good game for tomorrow."
  • What changes for tonight, "not much in terms of systems. We are hoping some chemistry will come from some of these guys playing together. We have Kreider up with Nash and Stepan and that is usually a pretty good speed line. They have some big people in Koivu, Pominville and Praise. We need to keep them off the board and have our top people be at our best.
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On MSG, Sam Rosen spoke with associate coach Scott Arniel

  • Nine straight home games, "we are hoping it's good. With what we went through to start the season on the road, we have played well on the road and we need to bring that to us at home. We want to go into the new year in a high note and it can really jump us up in the standings."
  • On what has been missing at home, "Probably consistency. We will have a good period and then back off for maybe 10 or 15 minutes and give the other team momentum. It's playing a solid game and getting a good 60 minutes."
  • On the top players in Buffalo, "our best players were our best players and if we get that every night we will win hockey games. We have good skill on our side of the rink. Our top people can change games and we saw that in Buffalo."
  • On the Devils, "they do such a good job through the neutral zone and clogging it up. They don't let you play a speed game and when you start going back and trying to transition they make you dump things in. We need to play fast and make sure we get a lot of opportunities on their goalie."
  • On the game plan, A great start for us. We need to make them play in their end of the rink. They are missing some key people and have some young D-Men in there that we need to take advantage of. We need to put a lot of pressure on them and play a game where they need to get to our of the rink because we want to play in their end."
  • On the PP, "we said from the beginning of the year that we need to get pucks, retrieve pucks and estalbish shots and we have become dangerous because we are shooting pucks and opening up lanes. It's allowing seam plays and goal line plays. Guys are becoming more comfortable but it's a good test tonight against the Devils."
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On MSG, Ulf Samuelsson spoke with John Giannone:

  • ?On last nigh and Alain Vigneault telling them not to be afraid, "I think sometimes it works to a teams favor if you have a new coaching staff and they haven't gone through the hard times that the team has gone through there."
  • On last night, "for me, I thought it was a real exciting game. 1-0 games can be real sleepers but I felt that both goalies played tremendously well and it was a great hockey game."
  • On the team play last night, "the commitment to working 200 ft was one of our keys and our forwards were helping the D and it was a team effort."
  • On Justin Falk: I think he provided some stability and played hard and was a hard player to play against. I think he was pretty good with the puck as well considering he has been out for a while."
  • On the Kings, "The Kings are a great team and we will need another really good effort. They are a big team and good down low in their cycles and we need to use our speed."

Prior to the game, Associate coach Scott Arniel met with the media in place of Alain Vigneault:

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4:50PM: Brad Richards told SNY's Nick Licalzi today, "We have worked on it more this year than we have in a while. We are putting a lot of emphasis on it, which it should be. Teams that score on the PP take so much pressure off of 5 on 5 play."

8:31AM: Yesterday, in the span of doing two radio interviews, Alain Vigneault was asked about the power play and whether it will improve this season.

Vigneault said that he isn't sure of what went wrong in the past but that the sees a group of players that have enough skill to be good on the power play. He said that they have been working on the PP for most of the last ten days and that getting Derek Stepan back, and Ryan Callahan soon, will help since they are right handed shots.

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During the preseason, Derick Brassard said that he thinks assistant coach Scott Arniel is going to make a big difference for the Rangers on the power play and with their forwards.

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.

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5:37PM: Arniel's comments were:

"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."

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In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline writes about the "bizarre" decision the Rangers made to hire Scott Arniel as an associate coach.

Portzline notes that Arniel has a history with Vigneault from when Arniel was the head coach of Vancouver's AHL team and that his history with the former Blue Jackets on the Rangers "wasn't pleasant."

Portzline said, when Arniel was fired, that the situation with Derick Brassard bordered on unprofessional and that when Brassard was producing, he would end up lower in the lineup and with less ice time.

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Aaron Portzline, who covered Scott Arniel when he was the head coach in Columbus, tweeted that the Rangers hiring of Arniel was a real "head scratcher."

Arniel was 45-60-18 in one and a half seasons as Blue Jackets coach. Rick Nash, Derek Dorsett, John Moore, Derick Brassard and Anton Stralman played under Arniel when he was in Columbus and Taylor Pyatt and Martin Biron played under him when he was an assistant coach in Buffalo.

In December of 2011, Brassard's agent Allan Walsh sent a letter to the Columbus Dispatch blaming Arniel for singling out Brassard' and attempting to use him as a scapegoat to mask his struggles as a coach.

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Yesterday, Scott Arniel joined TSN Radio in Winnipeg:

  • On his title, "whatever it is, associate head coach, it was something that Alain wanted, it's what he had with Rick Bowness, he offered it and I took it. I'm flattered but I don't think my job description changes."
  • On going to the Rangers, "I took the family down to NY two weeks ago and we had coaches meetings. We spent time together at as group. It's a tad bigger of a city than Winnipeg but we went out and looked for places to live. It's an original six team with great history. I am really excited, we have a really good staff, a really good team. I can't wait to get the season going."
  • On the roster and Rick Nash, "He was a treat to coach in Columbus, he is a heck of a person, heck of a hockey player. In my opinion one of the top ten forwards in the league. He can change games with his talent, skill size and puck handling ability. He is a really good person and he went to NY looking for a chance to win and he has a better support cast around him and you mix in some of the youth..... it will be good for him. Having a full season will help. He just got married a few weeks ago and we need him to be our best player and I'm sure he will be."
  • On Nash being a piece and not the focal point of the team, "the one thing about Rick is that he was a good captain in Columbus. I know deep down he didn't want the responsibility but for him to have Ryan Callahan there, Dan Girardi, having other people in place who have already been captain it just allows Rick to go and be a player. He is a quiet guy, a real good guy and teammate, but he leads by example on the ice. He just wants to play and this takes such a weight off of his shoulders and allows him to be the player he can be. I do know that there is some good leadership in the room, and he will do his part, but this doesn't have as much impact on him where he doesn't have to think about 20 other guys, he just needs to worry about being at his best."
  • On the new divisions, "when I went to Buffalo to be an assistant with Lindy, being in the east and traveling in the East is amazing. Being in the West is hard, you cross three time zones. Going to the east, you are back home every night. We bus to games in our neighborhood. Certainly our division will have a new look, it just happens that Columbus will move over. It's the first game for everyone from JD to all the players on the Blue Jackets and all the Columbus guys on the Rangers. You are going to have to be good early on and it's not one of those divisions where you can fall behind. You need to be good for 82 games."
  • On the opening road trip, MSG still has a couple of months to go in their three-year rebuild, we don't get back until October. We go out west for most of exhibition, fly home for five days and then it's right back to Phoenix, LA, SJ, Anaheim and St. Louis. It won't be an easy start and our players will need to be patient. I think it will be good for our coaching staff to get to know our players and vice versa. It's a long time but we gotta make the most of it and it does mean that we have a lot of games at home in December. It will come back to us where we are back in our home building more but it will be a tough grind and hopefully we will be at our best when we go out west.
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The Rangers have announced the members of Alain Vigneault's coaching staff:

  • Scott Arniel (more) is "Associate Coach"
  • Ulf Samuelsson (more) and Daniel Lacroix (more) are "Assistant Coaches
  • Benoit Allaire remains as "Assistant and Goalie coach"
Arniel will handle the power play and forwards, Samuelsson will handle the defense and PK and Lacroix will fill the role of "eye in the sky," pre-scouting, skill work and player development.

Announcement from the team is below:

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Katie Strang tweets that Scott Arniel is expected to join Alain Vigneault as an assistant coach with the Rangers.

Arniel would join Ulf Samuelsson, who was at the Rangers training center today watching development camp, as an assistant coach.

He was the coach of the Canucks AHL team and he told Vancouver GM Mike Gillis that he wanted to become an NHL assistant coach rather than go with the team to Utica, NY.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that former Blue Jackets head coach and current coach of the Canucks AHL team Scott Arniel is a possibility to join Alain Vigneault as an assistant coach.

Brooks writes in the NY Post that Arniel is a long-time friend of Vigneault's and Ben Kuzma writes in The Province that the two are closely aligned.

Kuzma writes that Arniel, who is under contract for two more seasons with the Canucks organization, could also be a candidate to join John Tortorella's staff in Vancouver.

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