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Columbus Blue Jackets

Fired: Scott Arniel
Hired: Todd Richards

Scott Arniel, in his second season as bench boss of the Blue Jackets, was fired on Jan. 9, 2012 when he couldn't pull his team out of its extended funk. The hope engendered by the acquisitions of Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski quickly dissolved as Columbus got off to the worst start in the franchise's history (1-9-1) and owned the poorest record in the league (11-25-5) by the time Arniel was booted in favor of assistant coach Todd Richards, who had been dismissed by the Minnesota Wild in April 2011. Richards was told he would finish the season on an interim basis.

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