New Coaches Hit Columbus, Tampa

It’s an interesting day in the coaching circle, as both the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets are set to introduce new head coaches.

Tampa will announce Guy Boucher, the guy who turned down the coaching job in Columbus earlier in the day, as their head coach. Columbus will announce former NHL player Scott Arniel as their new head coach.

Boucher coached the Hamilton Bulldogs this season and will be the youngest coach in the NHL at age 38. It’s the first major decision to be made by Tampa GM Steve Yzerman and the deal is said to be for four years. Wednesday marks the date scheduled for Tampa’s formal announcement of the coaching hire.

Arniel’s hiring will be announced by the Blue Jackets on Tuesday, sources say. Arniel spent the last four seasons coaching the Manitoba Moose and spent 11 years in the National Hockey League as a player for the Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, and Boston Bruins.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Kevin Dineen and Claude Noel were also considered for the coaching post.

Posted by Jordan Richardson.

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One thought on “New Coaches Hit Columbus, Tampa

  1. Rick Tocchet should still be the coach in tampa
    He helped turned Downie ‘s career around, and also managed the best he could considering they left him with and a very suspect goaltending and a paper thin defence core. Oh yeah there was also a big suck name Lecavlier.
    Rick Tocchet deserved at least one more year
    Boucher will not make the difference Just because he is french like Lecavlier & St.louis it won’t make a difference.


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