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Player agent Walsh slams Blue Jackets' Arniel in statement

TSN.ca Staff

12/1/2011 7:42:31 PM

Player agent Allan Walsh released a statement on Thursday, slamming Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel.

Walsh is none pleased with his client, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard, spending so much time in the press box as a healthy scratch.

"While I have tremendous respect for Scott Howson and the rest of Columbus' management team, the situation regarding Derick Brassard has become untenable," Walsh wrote. "This coach has a history of burying players and using them as scapegoats to mask his own lack of success on the ice. Derick has been singled out, almost from the very beginning of the season to be the fall guy in case things don't go well. The Columbus organization cares about Derick and has been good to him, but at some point enough is enough."

Howson later responded through a team release, stating this would be all he had to say about it.

"Scott has my full support with respect to his decisions on who plays and the handling of our hockey team. We all want Derick to play better and be the player we know he can be. The only person who will impact Derick's playing time is Derick himself."

The 24-year-old Brassard has two goals and two assists in 18 games. He's the Blue Jackets' first round pick (6th overall) in 2006.