Originally posted on Puck Update  |  Last updated 11/7/11
Scott Arniel has got to go in Columbus. Not because his coaching is the reason his team has been awful. Not because of this weekend’s embarrassing 9-2 loss to the Flyers. But because the team has obviously checked out on him. With just two wins and an overtime loss, the Blue Jackets have five points in the standings, putting them 10 points behind the eighth seed. If Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson wants to give up, he can keep things as-is and prepare to start dealing talent toward February. Or maybe he can even start earlier, like when stores have a Black Friday sale before Black Friday. But if Howson thinks he’s assembled a competitive NHL team, it’s time to get rid of Arniel and bring in someone else. But he needs to do it now, before the playoffs fall out of reach. Yet again. Last season, the Devils were mired in a similar slump with coach John MacLean, although the Blue Jackets would kill for a slump like that right now, and Devils GM Lou Lamoriello didn’t make a coaching switch
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