Nov 5, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel looks on from the bench as Columbus Blue Jackets center Cody Bass (32) and center Samuel Pahlsson (26) are in front of him against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers beat the Blue Jackets 9-2. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Szagola-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Arniel Won't Be Uitca Comets Head Coach, Candidate for Canucks Assistant

Scott Arniel won’t be the head coach of the Utica Comets, instead he will be pursuing an assistant coach position in the NHL. The Vancouver Canucks have given him permission to speak to other teams.

“I’m not going to go to Utica,” Arniel told the Vancouver Sun. “I talked to Mike Gillis and Laurence Gilman and Lorne Henning and told them I am going to pursue an assistant job in the National Hockey League. I still want to be a head coach again in the NHL and I think this is the way to go.”

Arniel was a candidate to replace Alain Vigneault as head coach of the Canucks, but the team opted for John Tortorella instead. They are now in the process of assembling Tortorella’s coaching staff and Arniel is believed to be a strong candidate.

Other candidates include Mike Sullivan and Mike Foligno. The Canucks have asked and received permission from the New York Rangers to interview. Foligno worked under Arniel last season with the Chicago Wolves and is a former assistant in the NHL with the Anaheim Ducks.

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