Rangers fire Scott Arniel and Daryl Williams

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Apologies for the delay on this one, as the news came a while ago. Cleaning house continues for the Rangers, as Scott Arniel and Daryl Williams were both let go. Arniel has been with the Rangers since Alain Vigneault took over for the 2013-2014 season. Arniel was largely in charge of the powerplay and the forwards.

Williams joined the Rangers one year after Arniel, leaving Vancouver to do so. Arniel and Williams were AV’s top two assistants.

Lindy Ruff remains with the team.

18 thoughts on “Rangers fire Scott Arniel and Daryl Williams

  • Apr 9, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Hopefully Ruff isn’t far behind them. Must keep Allaire!

    • Apr 10, 2018 at 11:52 am

      He’s not going anywhere. Look at his resume. Khabibulin, Lundqvist, Raanta, Talbot.

  • Apr 9, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    I remember Sly as a player with the Phoenix Roadrunners. A guy who maxed out what ability he had. He’ll land on his feet.

    It will be interesting to see if Ruff has a spot in the org, just not in NYC full time. With the D coming through the pipeline, having him on a roving assignment wouldn’t be the worst thing.

    • Apr 10, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Agreed – he likely gets kicked upstairs

  • Apr 9, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    IMHO, must let go of Ruff, clean house mean clean house even if it take moth balls to get rid of the old regime. I believe Darryl Sutter would be the best choice, as he is know to work with you very well. Also it seems as analytic has taken over the NHL, it like when the Yuppies moved into the LOES in NYC. I hated it and would chant die Yuppie scum, but had to eat my words when the LOES was transformed into high rents and better community. Its the same with these College coaches they have the niche to handle the youth athlete today, atteral, modafanil, and all the nootropics that the NHL has not been able to come up with test to screen for.

  • Apr 9, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    They brought in Ruff to help AV with the defense, it didn’t work. Gordon said today he’s going to talk with Ruff, hopefully they will go different ways after that.

  • Apr 9, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Wouldn’t it be fun if NYR bring back Torts? Love to watch NYP_Brooksie ask Torts questions every night after the game, must see TV.

  • Apr 9, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Gordon said today ” We are not going to have 20 18yr old kids on the team next year…”, It sounds like he’s going to make some trades. This might not be a REBUILDING but a RETOOLING year.

  • Apr 10, 2018 at 7:15 am

    I am not sure what took so long…Ruff next…Allaire is the only man who should be left standing

  • Apr 10, 2018 at 7:25 am

    SCOTT ARNIEL, the man of the hour, PP expert, made all our forwards all world, how will we survive with this house cleaning. Just fine thank you, especially after a few seasons of using Geritol to get life in that so called power play, which was terrible at best!

    I suspect the new coach will be hands on, with discipline, structure and accountability. Whomever they bring in will have to be a teacher, patient with kids, and most importantly show the players that they earn their playing time, not play because they have a nice smile!!!!!! Oh happy days are here again…………..

  • Apr 10, 2018 at 8:01 am

    When teams fire coaches, the usually go polar opposite.

  • Apr 10, 2018 at 9:30 am

    My only reaction to the firings is –

    Come on over to my place
    Hey, you, we’re having a party
    We’ll be swinging, dancing and singing
    So come on over tonight

  • Apr 10, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Lindy Ruff was a Ranger coach?

    • Apr 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm


      Hope your joking, but if not, yes he ran the defense for AV!!!!!!!!!

      • Apr 10, 2018 at 4:11 pm

        I was.


        • Apr 11, 2018 at 7:07 am


          Got me, I looked silly. LOL!!!!!!

      • Apr 10, 2018 at 4:45 pm

        I suspect he ran the defense about as much as Ulf and Beuke ran the defense: as much as AV allowed, which was not much.

        Ruff: “Hey Alain, I was thinking…maybe we should, you know, do something to address the 40 shots a night thing? Perhaps look at the zone approach instead of man, and maybe pump the brakes a little on the overload bit since everyone is out of position too much and it leads to way too much open space in the middle as we come out of the overload? Also, I was thinking maybe Shattenkirk should be given a second chance on the first pair?”

        AV: *chews gum sternly while glaring for 80 straight silent seconds, walks away, moves Shattenkirk to third pair and second power play for the next game to make his point*

        That said, that was not a defense of Ruff – I won’t be comfortable until he is gone or assigned to another role, as well. Of those three guys, I bet Ruff was most apt to agree with AV. It was probably more accurately Beuke who I suspect really wanted to change things up and was upset about how little freedom he was given to do so. All pure speculation on my behalf, of course…but seems likely to me given how things transpired.

  • Apr 11, 2018 at 5:43 am

    NY Post article: “Players don’t seem too broken up over AV firing…”

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