Jan 5, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel walks across the ice to the bench before the start of the second period against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion. San Jose defeated Columbus 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Thoughts On The New Coaching Staff

Ulf Samuelsson and Scott Arniel join the Rangers bench as assistants to Alain Vigneault. Both are highly qualified at the top level with Ulf being an assistant in Phoenix for many years as well as coaching Modo in Sweden. Scott Arniel coached in Columbus for two years, and was a coach for the Manitoba Moose being on staff with Alain Vigneault as well.

I like these two moves personally. Both coaches are highly qualified, and have NHL experience to boot. Players can relate to other people who have played the game and put in their dues. That’s also something John Tortorella and Mike Sullivan didn’t have.

I’m also excited about the Rangers finally having three coaches on the bench. For the past few seasons I think it was detrimental to have Jim Schoenfeld apart of the staff but not on the bench during games. He also does work for the Hartford Wolf Pack so him not having the time to be on the bench is understandable, but nonetheless I think it’s detrimental to the team.

One thing I think that’s been overlooked by everyone is Scott Arniel’s relationship with Derick Brassard. Brassard was scratched a few games when Arniel was head coach of the Jackets, and even Brassard’s agent intervened and said that Arniel was using Brassard as a scapegoat for the team’s struggles. Hopefully they get their relationship sorted out well before the season kicks off.

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