When it became known Thursday that center Derick Brassard was headed for his seventh healthy scratch in 10 games, Brassard's agent released a sharply-worded statement that was highly critical of Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel.
"While I have tremendous respect for (general manager) Scott Howson and the rest of Columbus' management team, the situation regarding Derick Brassard has become untenable," said Brassard's agent, Allan Walsh. "The coach has a history of burying players and using them as scapegoats to mask his own lack of success on the ice.
"Derick has been singled out, almost from the very beginning of the season, to be the fall guy in case things don't go well. The Columbus organization cares about Derick and has been good to him, but at some point, one has to say, enough is enough."
The statement was first released to The Columbus Dispatch and later to several media outlets.
Brassard would not comment, and Walsh declined to answer any questions, saying the statement s...