Columbus Blue Jackets' Scott Arniel and the NHL Coaches in Most Trouble

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Columbus Blue Jackets' Scott Arniel and the NHL Coaches in Most Trouble
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With Dale Hunter now in and Bruce Boudreau out for the Washington Capitals, it didn't take long for Boudreau to find work. The Anaheim Ducks hired the ex-Caps bench boss and fired Randy Carlyle.

This raises the question of who will be next? We have already also seen Paul Maurice of the Carolina Hurricanes fired in favor of former-Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Kirk Muller. Scott Arniel of the Columbus Blue Jackets and the New York Islanders' Jack Capuano are two such candidates that are undeniably on the hot seat right now.

The Caps and Ducks both desperately needed a change. In Washington's case, the players just stopped responding to Boudreau. The Ducks surprisingly were 29th in the league in goals for prior to last night's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Scoring a mere 50 goals over 23 games is just unacceptable for two reasons. One, it makes it hard to win games scoring so few goals each game, on average. Secondly, with one of the top lines in the entire league, there's no reason the offense should be that dry.

With management in Anaheim shaking things up this morning in hopes of a turnaround, there's still other candidates around the league that may get the axe sooner than later.

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