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Mr. Arniel, how’s another 50/107 season sound?

Mr. Arniel, how’s another 50/107 season sound?

When the NY Rangers announced they were going forward with Alain Vigneault at the helm, many wondered who would be joining him on the trek. The Blueshirts announced today that Ulf Samuelsson and Daniel Lacroix will be rejoining the team as Assistant Coaches, and Scott Arniel has been named as the team’s Associate Coach.

Arniel spent ten years in the NHL as a player for the Winnipeg Jets (twice) and Buffalo Sabres before finishing his NHL playing days in Boston with the Bruins. His 1984-85 season saw him put up  44 points (22 g) and gave him his only taste of 2nd round playoff action in the NHL. His career ended in the IHL playing seven seasons in San Diego, Houston, Utah and Manitoba before calling it a career.

As a coach, Arniel went on to coach Manitoba in the AHL for four seasons (starting in 2006-07), finishing 1st in the division twice, and making the playoffs every season, advancing to the Calder Cup Final during the 2008-09 campaign. He led the Moose to their highest win and point totals (107 points, 50 wins) in team history that same year, and was awarded the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL coach of the year. Arniel was the coach of the Blue Jackets for a season and a half (exactly 123 game) from 2010-2012, finishing with a record of 45-60-18, before returning to the AHL in 2012-13 coaching Chicago. Arniel spent six years as an assistant coach for both the Buffalo Sabres and Manitoba (two former teams).

Samuellson spent the last two seasons as the Head Coach of the Swedish Hockey League’s Modo Hockey, posting a 38-15-16-41 record and advancing to the playoffs both seasons. During his tenure with the Phoenix Coyotes as an associate coach, between 2006-2011, the Coyotes made two playoff runs, and Phoenix also posted a franchise record 50 wins and 107 points.

Lacroix, spent six of the last seven seasons in the NHL as an Assistant Coach with both the Lightning and Islanders. He served three seasons each with Tampa Bay (2010-13) and New York (2006-09) and advanced to the playoffs on two occasions, with the Lightning in 2010-11 and with the Islanders in 2006-07.

Lacroix spent one season as an Assistant Coach with the Hamilton Bulldogs in AHL for their 2009-10 campaign. He helped guide the Bulldogs to franchise records with 52 wins and 115 points to finish atop the Western Conference standings, even advancing to the Conference Finals that season where they were eliminated in seven games by the Texas Stars. He started as an Assistant Coach with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL for four seasons from 2002-06. During his tenure, the Wildcats posted a 172-77-21-12 record and advanced to the President’s Cup Final twice (2003-04, 2005-06), including an appearance in the 2006 Memorial Cup Tournament. In 2004-05, Lacroix also served as Moncton’s interim Head Coach mid-way through the season, compiling a 8-8-4-1 record through the final 21 games of the season, and the Wildcats made it to the second round of the playoffs.

Lacroix was drafted by the Blueshirts in the second round (31st overall) in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft and appeared in 188 career games over seven seasons as a player with the Rangers (1993-94; 1995-96), Bruins (1994-95), Flyers (1996-98), Oilers (1998-99), and Islanders (1999-00). For his career, the left winger scored eleven goals and seven assists (18 points), along with 379 penalty minutes. For the Rangers he scored four points (two goals, two assists) and racked up 30 penalty minutes in 30 games.

Benoit Allaire will be reprising his role as Assistant and Goaltending Coach. This is his 10th season on the Rangers coaching staff after being named to the post on July 15, 2004, and as far as Ranger fans are concerned, there might be no one doing a better job in the organization than Benoit.


-Will Wagner


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