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According to The Athletic’s Murat Ates, assistant coach Scott Arniel is “an apparent lock” to join the Winnipeg Jets’ coaching staff for the 2022-23 NHL season as an associate. Arniel has been an assistant on the Washington Capitals’ coaching staff under Todd Reirden and Peter Laviolette for the past four seasons.
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Prior to coming to Washington, Arniel was an assistant coach for the New York Rangers and the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2010-12.
In addition, Arniel worked as an assistant coach for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose from 2000-02 before leaving to work as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres. In 2006, he returned to the Moose to become head coach where he led them to four Calder Cup Playoff appearances (including a final loss to the Hershey Bears, the Capitals’ minor league affiliate, in 2009).
Arniel was drafted 22nd in the second-round of the 1981 NHL Draft by the Jets and spends his offseasons in Winnipeg.
Ates added that an official announcement from the Jets regarding Arniel likely will not come until a head coach is named. The team remains “all in” on 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Barry Trotz, who was fired by the New York Islanders on May 9 and is mulling his future before deciding where to coach next.
In addition to the Jets, the Philadelphia Flyers, Vegas Golden Knights, Detroit Red Wings are among the teams interested in pursuing Trotz.
By Harrison Brown