Scott Arniel, coach of the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose, is on the short list of candidates to become the Blue Jackets next coach, The Dispatch has learned.
Arniel, 47, spent 11 seasons in the NHL with Winnipeg, Buffalo and Boston. After his NHL career ended, he played eight more season of pro hockey, both in the AHL and the now-departed IHL.
Most of us counted out the Philadelphia Flyers before the playoffs started. They had struggled in the past few weeks because of injuries to goaltenders Ray Emery and Michael Leighton. No one trusted Brian Boucher entering the playoffs but he has a 0.940 save percentage so far and is a big reason why the Flyers defeated the New Jersey Devils in 5. Does that make them a contender in the Eastern Conference?
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo may have injured his glove hand.
The apparent injury occurred during the second period of Game 3. Los Angeles Kings winger Ryan Smyth leaped in the air to avoid a shot. When he landed, the blade of his right skate came down flush on top of Luongo’s glove.
Ian Laperriere had one question for Jim McCrossin when the Flyers’ trainer reached him at center ice:
“Can you see my eye?”
The small miracle of the Flyers’ becoming the first team to win a first-round series – after being the last team to squeak into the NHL playoff field – will have to take a backseat to the miracle that McCrossin’s answer was yes. Yes, Laperriere’s right eye was still there.
“I need a nap.”
Jacques Lemaire, his ears all but bleeding from pounding his head against the wall, couldn’t take any more.
Not last night, after his wonderfully talented Devils, uninterested in his message, heedless of his words, exited the playoffs at the hands of the Flyers.