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.
Told this about Arniel. Being with right organization as assistant can get him back as NHL head coach. Adios AHL, hello Van. #canucks
— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) June 28, 2013
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.