Blue Jackets fire Arniel.

Various sources report the Columbus Blue Jackets have relieved Scott Arniel of the duties of head coach, and promoted assistant coach Todd Richards as interim head coach for the rest of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not to be cruel, but this should’ve happened weeks ago. Arniel’s fate was likely sealed after his disastrous press conference last week, when he embarrassed himself by not knowing his team’s stats in four-on-four situations, prompting him to angrily cut short the conference and storm out. The last straw was the club’s 7-4 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. It’ll be interesting to see how the Blue Jackets perform for Richards, who spent two seasons as head coach of the Minnesota Wild.