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Posts Tagged ‘Claude Noel.’

A strange world as Arniel and Noel switched head coaching positions

compiled from staff and wire reports

Former CBJ coach Claude Noel (file)

Former Columbus Blue Jackets interim head coach Claude Noel didn’t have to wait long for another head coaching job.

However, I’m sure he didn’t know he would be replacing the coach that replaced him in Columbus.

It is expected that Noel will be named coach of the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose early next week.

News of the hiring was leaked through several sources on Friday, but most notably was the Winnipeg Free Press newspaper.

Scott Arniel, who was hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 8, was head coach of the Manitoba Moose the past four seasons. Noel was fired by Columbus earlier this week as Arniel wants to bring in his own assistant coaches. However, I would not agree that Noel was fired, because he had said all along after taking the interim head coaching  job that he would not come back as an assistant no matter who the head coach was.

All of the Blue Jackets assistant coaches fired had one year left on their contracts.

If Noel is hired as Manitoba’s head coach, Columbus will not be responsible for the final year of his contract if his salary with the Moose is equal to or more than what he made as a jackets assistant. If it is less, than the Jackets would have to make up the difference.

Manitoba is the top minor-league affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.

Blue Jackets hire Scott Arniel as head coach; Boucher says no

On Sunday at the Memorial Tournament, several members of the Columbus media were sitting around eating and the topic of Blue Jackets hockey came up because Guy Boucher’s name surfaced as the number 1 choice. Most of us we shocked in a way that why would a candidate who is a minor league hockey coach like Boucher want to wait to decide whether to accept or not. The general concensus was he was going to say no. That was my personal thoughts because no one would pass up a chance to coach in the NHL when opportunities are few and far between.

Scott Arniel (Manitoba Moose photo)

So when I woke up this morning and saw my email that Scott Arniel was taking the job, I was not surprised. I liked him from the start as well as Kevin Dineen. I also liked Claude Noel, but all of us in the media felt he had no chance or they would’ve given him the job at the end of the season instead of making him wait 2 months to make a decision. Now he is gone because he said all along, he would not come back as an assistant after being the interim coach. You can’t blame him.

Good Luck to Claude Noel!  He’s a good man and solid coach and I personally thank him for all the interviews and time he gave to me and the rest of the media that follow the team on a regular basis.

Now to Scott Arniel, the former coach of the Manitoba Moose.

It has been reported that Scott Arniel was the Blue Jackets second choice as head coach. It doesn’t matter because sometimes number 2 just might be a better choice or a better coach. This past season, Joe Sacco was the number 2 choice of the Colorado Avalanche and he took one of the worst NHL teams and turned them into a Stanley Cup contender as they lost in the second round to Detroit just a few weeks ago.

The Blue Jackets are hoping that the 47-year-old Arniel can do the same. He accepted the job on Monday just hours after Guy Boucher rejected the team’s offer.

If everybody remembers, Scott Howsom was a second choice himself, taking the Jackets position after current Anaheim general manager Bob Murray turned down Columbus’ offer in the summer of 2007.

Former Blue Jackets TV broadcaster Danny Gare is very familiar with Scott Arniel from their playing days in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres. Arniel, who played forward, also served as a Sabres assistant coach from 2002-2006.

Gare says that Arniel will gain instant respect in the Blue Jackets locker room because he did play 730 games in the National Hockey League with Winnipeg, Buffalo and Boston.

Arniel will be introduced to the media at a press conference Tuesday June 8 at 3 pm.

Columbus Blue Jackets getting close to naming head coach

compiled from staff and wire reports

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson has been working diligently since the team’s season ended 0n April 9, to find the right coach. The process has probably taken longer than usual but he has said all along, the CBJ ” have to get it right.”

Howson will not say how soon an announcement might be made.

Scott Howson (CBJ)

The Blue Jackets have interviewed American Hockey League coaches Kevin Dineen of Portland and Scott Arniel of Manitoba, and there have been rumors that they have interest in Hamilton coach Guy Boucher. Blue Jackets interim head coach Claude Noel is also in the running.

There have been pros and cons in this search. Some of the experts around the NHL feel that the longer the search goes, it favors Claude Noel getting the job.

The team fired Ken Hitchcock on February 3 and team played extremely well under Noel, who believes in letting the players skills of moving the puck faster than the defensive style that Hitchcock employed.

Howson said a decsion will be made by himself after meeting with majority owner John P. McConnell and team president Mike Priest.

Blue Jackets lose to familiar foes in Red Wings and Shootout

Columbus, Ohio–The Detroit Red Wings may not be having a dominating season like we’re used to seeing, but they know how to win a close game, win in overtime and like last night, win in the shootout.

Todd Bertuzzi scored on a backhand in the fourth round of the shootout to give Detroit, a 1-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, giving the Red Wings at least 100 points for the 10th year in a row.

Jimmy Howard (nhl)

Everybody on the Red Wings are doing good but goaltender Jimmy Howard is the best. He stopped 22 shots while getting his third shutout of his young career. A top Calder Cup Trophy candidate as an NHL rookie of the year, Howard is getting his game into form at the right time.

Howard said that he is inspired by the play of last season’s Calder winner, Columbus’ Steve Mason who caught a season-best 45 saves. Howard improves to 36-15- 10 on the season.

With the win, Detroit improves to 6-9 in shootouts and Columbus falls to 2-10. Shootouts and Overtime have been the two areas that have kept the Blue Jackets from improving as a team.

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME LOCKER ROOM AND PRESS CONFERENCE(to listen to and audio file, click on the link)

44 808 Jimmy Howard Detroit Goalie On how special is it to keep Red Wings 100 points streak going for 10 years

44 809 Jimmy Howard Detroit What’s been the key since the Olympic Break

44 811 Brad Stuart Detroit Defenseman Detroit has momentum going into the playoffs

44 813 Brad Stuart Detroit The team has taken off with Jimmy Howard in goal

44 814 Brad Stuart Detroit Defenseman What’s been the key the last two months

44 820 Antione Vermette CBJ Center CBJ played like it was a playoff game for them

44 822 Antione Vermette CBJ Steve Mason has played well the 2nd half of season in goal

44 823 Antione Vermette CBJ On his career year in every category

44 829 Derick Dorsett CBJ Defenseman Detroit always finds a way to win games

44 834 R.J. Umberger CBJ On Claude Noel getting the job for good
GAME NOTES

* Detroit was 5-0-1 vs. Columbus this season.

* Detroit has a record of 43-24-14 for 100 points, 18-14-8 on the road and 25-10-6 at Joe Louis Arena.

* Detroit has been in the playoffs 19 years in a row.

* Detroit’s 8 straight Central Division titles has ended with Chicago winning the division this year.

* The Red Wings since the Olympic Break at 15-3-2.

* Claude Noel, the Columbus coach has a record of 10-8-6.  Many observers think he should be given the job because the team has responded to his uptempo, free style of hockey which makes the team exciting to watch and utilizes their skills to the utmost. Plus every player I talked to likes his coaching style.

* The sellout crowd was announed at 18,512 which marked the seventh sellout of the season.

No revenge as Blue Jackets beat Chicago for the second time in 4 days

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

After the Blue Jackets demolished the Chicago Blackhawks this past Thursday at Nationwide Arena, 8-3, most of the Blackhawks players including head coach Joel Quenneville couldn’t wait until Sunday to get the Jackets on their home ice for a payback. After all, Chicago had 3 days of practice to get ready, while the Jackets had to play on Saturday night at home and lost in overtime to the New York Islanders and had to travel late Saturday night to the Windy City for back-to-back games. All scenarios led to the rested Blackhawks ready to have a blow out of their own? Not at all!

Steve Mason, Jakub Voracek, Andrew Murray, Mike Commodore, Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger led the way for a 4-2 Columbus win over Chicago on Sunday night.

Steve Mason seems to be finally rounding into the form that everybody saw last season as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year, as he made 33 saves and allowed only 1 goal. The other Chicago goal was knocked into the net by a Columbus player by accident.

Jakub Voracek scored two goals and had an assist in the win over the reeling Chicago Blackhawks who are 2-4-2 in the last eight games.

Andrew Murray and Mike Commodore also scored for Columbus. Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger each had two assists for the Blue Jackets.

Eventhough Columbus is out of the playoff chase, clinging to 5th place in the Central Division and 14th in the Western Conference, they have played well under interim coach Claude Noel who is 9-5-4 since taking over for the fired Ken Hitchcock on February 3.

Despite all of their recent inconsistent play, the Blackhawks remain seven points ahead of second-place Nashville in the Central Division, but they keep missing opportunities to gain on San Jose in the race for first place in the Western Conference.

Coach Claude Noel (cbj)

Early in the game, Chicago played as if they were out to put the game away early.  Dave Bolland was credited with the goal that opened the scoring at the 8:58 mark of the first period. Steve Mason stopped a Brent Seabrook shot off the right wing, and Bolland failed in his attempt to put in the rebound from the side of the net. Columbus center Antione Vermette  tried to clear the puck out of the crease area but accidentally knocked it past Mason, giving Chicago a 1-0 lead.

Andrew Murray brought the Jackets back into a 1-1 tie just shy of two minutes later during a delayed penalty call when he knocked in a loose puck from a scramble in the crease area.

Columbus basically put the game away in the second period by scoring twice for a 3-1 lead. Jakub Voracek knocked in a loose puck into a wide-open net with 6:35 left in the second  period for a 2-1 lead. After Chicago goalie Antii Niemi blocked Derick Brassard’s shot from the right circle and dropped to the ice and Voracek pounced on the rebound from the left side of the crease.

Mike Commodore pushed the lead out to 3-1, scoring on a shot from the point with 6.3 seconds left in the second period while his teammate Jakub Voracek was screening Niemi’s vision.

Goalie Steve Mason (cbj)

Patrick Sharp cut the deficit to 3-2 in the third period with 3:13 left when he scored on a short-handed breakaway. The goal gave Chicago late momentum, but Voracek scored on an empty net goal with 8 seconds remaining to seal the win.

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