Coaching Candidate Profile: Scott Arniel

Thomas Drance
June 03 2013 09:12AM

Scott Arniel observes Canucks prospects camp.
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All week long we've been evaluating how the likes of Dallas Eakins, Guy Boucher, John Stevens, Lindy Ruff and Dave Tippett might fit behind the Vancouver Canucks bench. Today we'll turn our attention to a coach who is currently employed by the organization: long-time American Hockey League benchboss Scott Arniel.

There was a time not too long ago when the former Manitoba Moose head coach was one of the hottest coaching prospects in hockey. Then he got the Columbus job and like a Russian sniper drafted by the Blue Jackets his "highly touted" status came to an abrupt halt. As we've argued previously, Arniel got a bit of a raw deal in Columbus, and I for one don't think the struggles of those inept Scott Howson clubs were necessarily the result of Arniel's coaching. Other closer observers, however, don't have quite such a charitable assessment.

Let's look into Arniel's resume and credentials after the jump.

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Trading Alex Edler: Who to Target (Part III)

Jeff Angus
June 02 2013 10:28AM

Loui Eriksson - Wikimediacommons

In the final installment of the Alex Edler trade series, we take a look at one more forward who the Canucks could target if they do end up shopping the big Swedish defenseman this summer. Here were the previous posts:

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Out of the System: David Honzik and Pathrik Westerholm

Thomas Drance
June 01 2013 04:43PM

David Honzik
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Saturday afternoon the deadline for NHL teams to ink unsigned 2011 draft picks to entry-level contracts passed.

The Canucks confirmed to the Sporting News early on Saturday that the club had no intention of signing third round pick David Honzik, or sixth round pick Pathrik Westerholm. Not much of a surprise.

Read past the jump for more analysis.

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How Do Coaching Changes Impact Players?

Blake Murphy
June 01 2013 09:37AM

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The Vancouver Canucks will have a new coach for the 2013-14 season. While we don't know who yet, we know it won't be Alain Vigneault. While the power-play is probably going to be target number one for a new bench boss, and while general manager Mike Gillis is sure to make some changes to the roster in the interim, I wanted to get a feel for how coaching changes can effect individual players.

In order to do so, I pulled all of the wonderful Behind the Net data from the 2007-08 season through to this past season. I wanted to test how consistent statistics like Corsi (a possession indicator based on total shot attempts for and against), Corsi QoC (the quality of competition a player faces), Corsi QoT (the quality of teammates a player plays with), and OffZone% (the percentage of shifts a player starts in the offensive zone) are year-to-year. Once we know that, we can compare the entire player pool against players who underwent coaching changes.

Read past the jump for more.

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Afternoon Headshots: May 31st

Thomas Drance
May 31 2013 04:18PM

Lieutenant Daniels standing in front of Andrew Alberts and Roberto Luongo's lockers? #k
Image is from a Fringe episode a few years ago, via redditer Bosim.

Welcome to our weekday staple links post, which we affectionately call Headshots. If you've written a blog post, or done anything Canucks related that you'd like included in Headshots, please e-mail it to me at

Today at the internet's best and most humble Canucks blog: we wondered what former Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault would do next, and took stock of the depressing stasis in Canucksistan heading into the month of June, a month which could define Mike Gillis's tenure with the organization. 

Click past the jump for more links and Canucks news!

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