Scott Arniel: AHL Coach of the Year

Jonathan Willis
April 08 2009 11:45AM

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Manitoba Moose head coach Scott Arniel has been named the AHL Coach of the Year. For the third straight season, Arniel has put up incredible numbers in Manitoba. Here’s the team’s record in Arniel’s time in charge:

  • 2008-09: 49 – 22 - 6
  • 2007-08: 46 – 27 - 6
  • 2006-07: 45 – 23 - 12
  • Total: 140 – 77 – 24

Those are pretty incredible numbers. Arniel played 730 games in the NHL, mostly with Buffalo and Winnipeg before ending his career with three seasons as a winger with the Manitoba Moose. When he retired he joined the team as an assistant, and was an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres from 2002-2006 before returning to take the head coaching job.

Previous winners of the award include Scott Gordon, Bruce Cassidy, Peter Laviolette, Robbie Ftorek, Barry Trotz and Marc Crawford.

I very much doubt that Arniel has a lot of time left in the AHL; he’s one of the most qualified minor league coaches out there and it would not surprise me in the slightest if he were considered for an NHL job this summer.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Sedinz
April 08 2009, 12:46PM
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Any chance he goes to Edmonton Willis? I hear you guys need a coach. HA

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#2 Jonathan Willis
April 08 2009, 01:07PM
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Sedinz wrote:

Any chance he goes to Edmonton Willis? I hear you guys need a coach. HA

It isn't that farfetched - Steve Tambellini would presumably have some kind of relationship with the guy, and he is technically our GM.

Arniel would definitely be on my shortlist if I was making the decision.

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#3 Sedinz
April 08 2009, 02:32PM
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@ Jonathan Willis:

Technically he is your GM? What do you mean? Vancouver made a huge mistake letting him go in my opinion

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#4 Jonathan Willis
April 08 2009, 02:34PM
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@ Sedinz:

Kevin Lowe is still President of Hockey Operations, so there's some question as to whether or not Tambellini is a GM in fact or just in title.

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#5 Sedinz
April 08 2009, 03:36PM
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@ Jonathan Willis:

Ah. Who is getting the bulk of the blame for missing the playoffs right now?

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#6 Jonathan Willis
April 08 2009, 04:23PM
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@ Sedinz:

MacTavish seems to be the consensus choice, but there's plenty of blame to go around and people seem to feel pretty free to spread it.

Personally, I think Lowe/Tambellini are the biggest problems, but some of MacTavish's moves didn't help matters.

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#7 Sean
April 09 2009, 08:10AM
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Personally, I think Lowe/Tambellini are the biggest problems, but some of MacTavish’s moves didn’t help matters

I don't know we can blame Tambellini yet. Not many trades happen in todays NHL and he got decent return on Garon/Cole. But MacT definitely didnt like the cards he was dealt...

Anyways, yes Arniel would be a good coaching candidate

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April 09 2009, 09:39AM
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[...] from outside the organization, and if Katz holds true to form, the next head coach will as well. Scott Arniel should be one of the names considered (and is a logical candidate since he has some past history [...]

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