Buzz: The Canucks have asked to speak with Scott Arniel

Scott Arniel6/20/14 | 3:26PM: The Canucks are still expected to interview Scott Arniel for their vacant head coaching position even though Willie Desjardins is the front runner. (Dan Murphy)

Doug MacLean said on Hockey Central at Noon today that Arniel was interviewing on Monday.

6/17/14 | 9:56PM: The Canucks have asked for permission to speak with Rangers associate coach Scott Arniel. (John Shannon)

Arniel joined the Rangers last summer and spending the previous season as the head coach in Chicago for the Canucks AHL team.

Arniel was previously a head coach in Columbus from 2010 to 2012 before being fired mid-season.

Arniel was also the head coach in Manitoba of the AHL from 2006-2010 which is where he developed his relationship with Alain Vigneault who was the coach of the Canucks.

Willie Desjardins of the Texas Stars (AHL) is believed to be a leading candidate for the Canucks job. (Bob McKenzie)

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Recap: Scott Arniel’s pre game comments

Scott Arniel, Alain Vigneault Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG before game one against the Kings:

  • On the last 6 days, “It took a couple of days to figure out who we would play. We thought it would be Chicago and then it was LA but once we knew we all focused on what we had to cover and we went to work and all presented it to the team and hopefully it’s the game plan for success.”

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Recap: Scott Arniel’s pre game comments

Scott Arniel, Alain Vigneault Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG prior to the Rangers/Canadiens game six:

  • Is it fun, “there is some fun to it, once the game starts you are in the moment and watching the other team what they are doing or a play we have set up, you get into it so you don’t think about it too much but leading up to the game there are some nervous moments but at the end of the day as a group you need to enjoy the moment. It’s an important game but you gotta live in the moment and have fun with it.”
  • On forgetting game five, “as a group we have always done our post game sort of look at video and shown guys clips of the right and wrong way to play and we will move onto this next one and there will be new challenges and a good gameplan that we feel that can win tonight and we will focus on that. You can’t get caught up on yesterday, you need to just think about tonight.”
  • On the game plan, “one of our strengths is that when we get through the neutral zone and not turning pucks over it allows us to play offense and we did that against Philly, we did that against Pitt and against MTL and we need to get more pucks to the net. Maybe we are making one extra play, we need to get 10-15 shots per period on this goalie and make him work.

Recap: Scott Arniel’s pre game comments

Scott ArnielScott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG before the game:

  • On any of the talk filtering into the dressing room, “As the series goes on emotions start to come into it and things happen. Emotions are running high and it always happens and we just need to focus on our job. There is a lot happening behind the scenes, we can’t control that and will just go out and play the game.”
  • On what you want to focus on tonight, “offensively there are things that we can be better. We got a bit away from our drive game and speed. We cut into the middle a lot and we are more of a push the defense back team using our outside speed. Get pucks on net, we had some good looks and put them wide. We need to make them make the first save and the rebounds will be there. Our forecheck and getting on the defense is key.”
  • On Dominic Moore stepping up tonight, “The thing with Dom in this playoffs is that he has had different roles and has been tremendous. He is using his experience every night and tonight he will see a lot of Deharnais, Gallagher and Pacrioretty that has given us trouble. Dom is a smart guy and knows how to play and knows to throw the pucks wide in the neutral zone and let them to use their speed. He is a smart player and adjusts well and we need him to be real good in our end against those three.

Recap: Scott Arniel’s pre game comments

Scott Arniel, Alain Vigneault Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG before the game:

  • On the last five games, “obviously if we go back to the fifth one it was a step to get us where we are today. Every game had it’s own, played out in it’s own way. At the end of the day it’s about what happens tonight. We did some great things in Montreal and there are some good numbers but it all goes away if we come home and don’t play the same way. We need to make sure that our A game is here, it’s not coming home to be comfortable, it’s making sure we get after Montreal and getting them on their heels.”

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Recap: Scott Arniel’s comments before the game

Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone before the game on MSG:

  • Scott ArnielOn the game two plan, “it’s always been about us, you look at the oppositions and their key players and system but when we step on the ice we need to play a certain way and that is what we worry about the most. We gotta make sure that the distractions stay away and for when we don’t have the puck how to check and when we do have the puck how to score.”

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Recap: Scott Arniel’s comments before the game

Scott ArnielScott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG before the Rangers and Canadiens:

  • On the emotions of being in Montreal, “it’s the next step, getting through Pitt was an emotional series and we need to reload and start over again. We have a lot of French guys, so it’s important to them and to Alain who used to coach here so we had a lot of story lines. It’s two teams that are similar, good transition, fast, it should be an exciting series.”
  • On making sure the past in MTL isn’t an issue, “I think that playoffs and regular season are different animals and we need to build off of what we did against Philly and Pitt. Everyone needs their A Game. We need to use our quickness and forecheck and get some opportunities.”
  • On puck battles, “we saw with Pitt coming through the neutral zone to try and carry it into our end, they can make skill plays, we don’t want to turn pucks over. MTL is quick, transition team, our ability to get on the forechck has a lot to do with getting through the neutral zone. If we make them back up or turn around and chase pucks it builds into how we want to play.”

Recap: Scott Arniel’s pre game comments

Scott ArnielAssociate coach Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG before game seven between the Rangers and Penguins:

  • On the emotions, “obviously with game seven there is lots of nerves and anticipation to start playing. It seems like a long time since game six so you just want to drop the puck and get playing. I know the players are excited. This is what you live for, the things you look back on and we have already had a game seven so maybe it’s something we can draw back on for experience.”

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Recap: Scott Arniel on MSG

Scott Arniel, Alain Vigneault Scott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG before the game:

  • Are the players confident, “obviously, to go into their building with our backs against the wall and to win like we did, the guys want to build on that. The guys are feeling good about the game. Game four we weren’t good, game five we were and we did a better job of getting through the neutral zone and our forecheck and it gave us confidence and an early goal.”

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Recap: Scott Arniel’s pre game comments (On Marty St. Louis and the PP)

Scott ArnielScott Arniel spoke with John Giannone on MSG before the Rangers/Penguins game five:

  • On the emotions with Marty, “everyone is feeling for Marty. We landed last night and found out just as we were about to get on the bus. It shook everyone and Marty went home to take care of business but for him to come back today, he wants to be with his teammates and his teammates really want to be with him at this time, you become a family and it’s great that we can all be with him.”

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