The first step of Todd Reirden's tenure as head coach of the Washington Capitals was to assemble his staff, and that task is now done. The Capitals announced Monday that Scott Arniel and Reid Cashman have been hired as assistant coaches, joining Blaine Forsythe to round out Reirden's staff.
After Reirden was officially introduced in July, general manager Brian MacLellan said that "ideally" the team would look for an assistant with prior head coaching experience to assist Reirden in his first season. They found their man in Arniel.
Arniel, 55, served as the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2010-12. He was fired midway through his second season after the team went 11-25-5 through the first half of the campaign. Arniel has found more success as an assistant and has served as an associate coach with the New York Rangers for the past five seasons. During his tenure there, Arniel helped lead the Rangers to the Conference Final twice and, in 2014, to the Stanley Cup Final.
Arniel has also found success coaching in the AHL where he compiled a 218-136-21-21 record in five seasons as head coach. He guided the Manitoba Moose to the Calder Cup Finals in 2009 after posting franchise records with 50 wins and 107 points, and he was named the AHL Coach of the Year.
As a player, Arniel competed in 730 games in the NHL as a forward, tallying 149 games and 338 total points. He spent the majority of his career in Winnipeg but also suited up for the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins.
Cashman, 35 comes from the Hershey Bears, where he was an assistant coach the past two seasons. Prior to that, Cashman spent six years coaching at his alma mater, Quinnipiac University.
In his playing career, Cashman played four years as a defenseman from 2003-07 at Quinnipiac and was captain his senior year. He was a three-time All-American in college.
In his professional career, Cashman played 68 games in the AHL and 92 games in the ECHL, where he won a Kelly Cup while playing for the Cincinnati Cyclones in 2010.
While the Caps have kept their championship roster largely intact, the coaching staff, obviously, will have a much different look to it next season. As far as coaching changes go, however, Washington's staff still remains remarkably consistent.
Barry Trotz, Lane Lambert and Mitch Korn all left for the New York Islanders. Forsythe, however, remains with Reirden — as do both video coaches, Tim Ohashi and Brett Leonhardt — and goalie coach Scott Murray. Cashman also comes in with a level of familiarity with the organization based on his time with Hershey. He ran the team's development camp at the end of June/beginning of July.
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