COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -The Columbus Dispatch is reporting Manitoba coach Scott Arniel has been hired for the same job with the Blue Jackets.
The Blue Jackets scheduled a press conference for Tuesday to announce their new coach, but declined comment when asked by The Associated Press about the hiring on Monday night.
The Dispatch, citing unidentified sources, reported on its website that Arniel had accepted the job.
Arniel is 181-105-10-19 in four seasons with Manitoba of the American Hockey League. He takes over for interim coach Claude Noel (CLODE no-EHL'), who got the top job when Ken Hitchcock was fired midway through last season.
Earlier on Monday, Guy Boucher (GEE boo-SHAY') of Hamilton in the AHL turned down the job.