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Quotes from Arniel Press Conference

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Arniel and Howson Quotes

Blue Jackets Head Coach Scott Arniel –

"I don't really go with goals. I take it day to day. I think if we put the work in and take attention to detail and approach every game one day at a time we should be successful."

"In the situation of taking on a younger team, you have to coach what you have; you have to figure out a way to get the best out of all of these guys."

"If we don't put our best foot forward every night then we’re cheating the fans. That's all I ask is that they give me their best effort. There's going to be times when we're tired or banged up, but the work ethic still has to be there and the X's and O's will take care of themselves if you put the effort in."

Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson -
"I wanted to bring somebody in that played or coached in the NHL. He will have an excellent understanding of what they're going through and how he can help them. Because that's what it's all about, how can we help the players achieve what they want to achieve."

"I believe all the candidates were excellent and you're really splitting hairs when you're down to this level. You go with your gut and talk to the candidates over and over, and then you have to come to a decision."

Player Quotes
Blue Jackets Goaltender Steve Mason -

"Anytime an individual can play that long in professional hockey, it's an instant credibility to him. Players are going to respect that. The coach is going to know what you're going through and it helps create a certain bond."

"Anytime you can have a compliment on goaltending from your new head coach that's a nice pat on the back, but I still have to go in there with Garon to prove him right."

"Everybody looked in the mirror to understand what we needed to do better and everybody's going to do better than last year and work to get back into the playoff picture."

Blue Jackets Forward Derek Dorsett -
"I played one year in the minors against him when he was in Manitoba. It was a great series where every game went into overtime. He brought a very competitive, physical, hard nose style of hockey to his team, and that's the way I like to play hockey."

"Last year was a bit of ups and downs, but that's the name of the game, sometimes you have those years, but its time to get focused and train here in Columbus and get ready for next season."

Blue Jackets Forward Jared Boll
"Just to hear the press conference and hear how he wants to play up-tempo is going to be exciting for the fans and a lot of fun for the players."

"It's great to finally know who the coach is going to be. Last year was a tough year for a lot of guys, but that’s in the past. To have Scott in here, that’s a fresh face and a fresh start and everyone’s really excited."

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