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Arniel Accepts Coaching Job, Boucher Remaining In Hamilton For Now

It did not take long for Scott Arniel to decide if he wanted the Blue Jackets head coaching job.

Scott Arniel is set to become the fifth head coach in Columbus Blue Jackets history. No false alarms this time. Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson will introduce the new head coach tomorrow at a press conference scheduled for 3 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.

Arniel accepted the CBJ coaching gig shortly after first choice Guy Boucher turned down an offer to take over the reigns. He has spent the last four seasons coaching the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League, where he compiled a record of 181-106-0-33.

In 2008-2009 he won the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the top coach in the AHL. His Moose made it to the Calder Cup Finals before falling in Hershey Bears in six games.

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