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.