BLUE JACKETS FIRE COACH ARNIEL; ASSISTANT RICHARDS TAKES OVER
The Columbus Blue Jackets have fired head coach Scott Arniel. The move comes a day after the Blue Jackets were defeated 7-4 by the Anaheim Ducks.
Assistant Todd Richards will take over on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.
The Blue Jackets are 11-25-5 this season, which has them last in the Western Conference with a league-low 27 points.
Arniel, who was the fifth head coach in Blue Jackets history, was in his second season behind the bench in Columbus and was coming off a debut campaign where his team finished 13th in their conference, missing the playoffs by 16 points.
The 49-year-old bench boss was hired to replace veteran coach Ken Hitch***** who was fired during the 2009-10 season.