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Dineen, Arniel given second interviews, MacLean out

The Columbus Dispatch reported yesterday that former Blue Jacket player Kevin Dineen and current Manitoba Moose head coach Scott Arniel have been granted second interviews by Blue Jacket’s General Manager Scott Howson.

Interim-coach Claude Noel will not have a second interview, however the report states that Noel is still in the running for the job.

It has also been confirmed that Detroit Red Wings assistant Paul MacLean is no longer in the running for the coaching position.

MacLean, who has been an assistant with Detroit since 2005, interviewed for the Columbus job last Tuesday and was told he would hear back from the club within a week.

The news of MacLean being ousted from the running comes as a surprise to some as many saw him as a strong candidate for the job.

Arniel was hired as Manitoba’s head coach in 2006, and won the AHL Coach of the Year award in only his third season at the helm, leading his team to the Calder Cup Finals.

According to the Winnipeg Sun, Arniel will also interview for the Atlanta Thrashers head coaching position.

Dineen, currently the coach of Portland Pirates of the AHL, played for the Blue Jackets from the team’s establishment in 2000 until he retired in 2002.

Dineen was named AHL Coach of the Year in 2006 after his first season with Portland.

Also still in the running for the job is Hamilton Bulldogs’ head man Guy Boucher.

In his only season with Hamilton, Boucher led the Bulldogs to a 52-17-11 record and like Dineen, won the AHL Coach of the Year award in only his first season.

Boucher’s team currently holds a 2-0 lead over the Texas Stars in the AHL Western Conference Finals. The Montreal Canadiens, Hamilton’s NHL affiliate, have said they will not stand in the way of Columbus speaking to Boucher.

Howson has indicated that the club is still a couple weeks away from making a hire, stating that it will most likely come in late May or early June.

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