Source: Jackets turn to Arniel
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets are set to hire Manitoba's Scott Arniel as head coach Tuesday, a source told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.
The Blue Jackets scheduled a press conference for Tuesday to announce their new coach, but declined comment when asked by The Associated Press about the hiring on Monday night.
The Arniel hire comes after Hamilton Bulldogs coach Guy Boucher declined the position.
Boucher, who just completed his first season as a head coach in the pro ranks, was offered the job last week and asked the Blue Jackets if he could think about it over the weekend.
Montreal-based website RueFrontenac.com reported late Monday that Boucher has agreed to coach the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boucher is expected to be introduced at a news conference Wednesday.
Arniel is 181-105-10-19 in four seasons with Manitoba in the AHL. He takes over for interim coach Claude Noel, who got the top job when Ken Hitchcock was fired midway through last season.
Information from ESPN.com Pierre LeBrun and The Associated Press contributed to this report.