After a dismal 7-4 loss in Anaheim dropped the Blue Jackets to a hideous 11-25-5 Sunday, nobody was surprised that coach Scott Arniel had been relieved of his duties.
While the team struggled right out of the gate this season, a foot injury cost high-scoring forward Jeff Carter 10 games. Along with an eight-game suspension doled out to defenseman James Wisniewski as a result of a hit in a preseason game, two big off-season acquisitions were scratched from Arniel's lineup card.
Carter was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers over the summer while Wisniewski was signed as a free agent in early July. After the pair returned to the lineup, the Blue Jackets turned things around slightly, but two wins in their last 11 games was enough for Arniel to earn an ouster.
"I just thought it was time to move the team in a new direction," general manager Scott Howson told the Columbus Dispatch. "He did everything he could. He's a good coach. He's a good person. He worked very hard at...