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Arniel Out in Columbus, Suspensions and Patrick Sharp’s injury

I wrote about three weeks ago that Arniel would be the next to go in a long line of coaches getting canned this year and right on cue, the last place, league worst Blue Jackets fired Scott Arniel earlier today and will have assistant coach Todd Richards take over as interim head coach for the balance of the year. Arniel was 45-60-18 in his 123 games as the teams fifth head coach and tallied only two wins in their last 11 games. Richards last coaching stint was as head coach of the Minnesota Wild from 2009-2011 and became an assistant in Columbus in the offseason. Richards’ record with the Wild was 77-71-16.

Tally: 7 out of 30 coaches fired this year and only one hired on as a head coach for a different team.

Sin Bin Additions

Boston learned the fate of Brad Marchand today and the verdict was a 5 game suspension for clipping that resulted in a wild upending of Canucks defenseman Sami Salo. As a result of the play, Salo suffered a concussion and Marchand will get the hook , lose over $150,000 and be eligible to return January 19th when the B’s travel to New Jersey.

The Ducks will be without the services of winger Jean-Francois Jacques who was suspended for the second time this season. This suspension will be for three games for delivering an elbowing check to the head of Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger during the Ducks’ blowout win yesterday. He’ll lose almost $24,000 and will be eligible to return to action when the Ducks face off against the Canucks on January 15th

Patrick Sharp

Gotta love the mystery behind the “Upper-Body Injury” as teams hide what ails their star players and such is the case with the Hawks’ star forward Patrick Sharp who was injured in the 1st period of their tilt last night when they hosted the Red Wings. Coach Quenneville was being either very cagey or had no idea what happened to his winger and when, limiting his comments to the duration he expects Sharp to be out (Three to Four weeks) and when asked about a couple of different plays in the game that Sharp could’ve been injured, kept his answers even more brief (“Could’ve Been…”, “Could’ve, but it’s hard to say…”).

While Sharp was placed on IR, the team recalled Ben Smith from AHL Rockford to add to the mix of Chicago lines that already include a pair of rookie forwards and is actually short up and coming rookie center Marcus Kruger who was anchoring the Sharp/Hossa line before suffering a possible concussion the day after Christmas

Patrick Sharp



GOALS: 20 | ASST: 20 | PTS: 40
SOG: 158 | +/-: 18

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