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CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Third Time Lucky?

No sooner than the Vancouver Canucks announced Alain Vigneault as their new head coach, that CJOB 680 (Manitoba) is reporting that Scott Arniel is the front-runner to replace Vigneault as the Manitoba Moose head coach.

Arniel, a former Winnipeg Jet, was twice previously beat out for the Moose job - first by Randy Carlyle, then by Vigneault. He was also rumored to have interviewed for the Canucks job.

Ken Wiebe (Winnipeg Sun), who openly advocated for Vigneault in his open letter to Dave Nonis, is also an Arniel fan:

Besides, you’ve already got a remarkable candidate in Scott Arniel, who could help make the seamless transition as the Moose and Canucks enter into the sixth year of the once-rocky partnership.

Arniel, who is also in the mix for the Canucks job, was twice the bridesmaid for the top Moose post and could easily have been hired both times.

But rather than hang his head and fret over the missed opportunity, Arniel continued to get better and his diligent work as an assistant helped the Buffalo Sabres reach the Eastern Conference final this spring.

Arniel has obvious ties to the community and is ready to run his own team.
More to follow, I'm sure.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:32 PM