The 2019-20 NHL season may be stopped briefly, however hockey operations have not been stopped. According to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, the New Jersey Devils have actually started their coaching search in earnest, consisting of speaking with former Vegas Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant– the very same task for which he was “hired” in January.
Yep, you heard that.
Then-Devils general manager Ray Shero fired John Hynes on Dec. 3 and tapped assistant Alain Nasreddine to take control of as interimhead coach Nasreddine has actually led the team to a 19-16 -8 record and according to LeBrun has a real chance at keeping the task.
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A little over a month after Hynes was release, Gallant was fired by Vegas on Jan. 15 after 2 1/2 seasons in charge. His period consisted of 2 playoff looks, a Pacific Division title and the 2017-18 Western Conference championship.
2 weeks after that, on Jan. 30, a Twitter parody account sent a phony Devils news release revealing Gallant’s hiring as head coach.
The “press release” likewise said that Gallant’s assistants would be Nasreddine, Patrik Elias and Scott Stevens. The tweet even consisted of a graphic of Gallant being invited to the team.
Nevertheless, a link from the tweet took readers to a page that checked out, “Nah jk (sic), this team is a f—ing joke.”
The tweet fooled some media members and was even got by a Las Vegas TELEVISION station.
So a Devils parody account spoofed a lot of media people on Twitter with this news, however this Las Vegas CBS affiliate reeeeeallllly took the bait. Wow. pic.twitter.com/3kMs5eRoY7
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) January 30, 2020
Fast- forward to April, and it looks as though things have actually come full circle. Simply recently, interim Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald informed Sporting News on a teleconference with press reporters that he and Nasreddine are not stressed over the unpredictability of holding interim tags throughout the season’s time out.
“I’m just doing the general manager’s job. Alain Nasreddine is doing the head coaching job until told otherwise. For me personally, I can only speak to what my day-to-day looks like,” Fitzgeraldsaid “There’s constant communication I have with the organization as the general manager, so it doesn’t even creep into my brain on the what-ifs because I don’t think I would be doing the organization any justice if I looked at it as the glass is half full and said, ‘I don’t really want to do this, I don’t want to make these phone calls.’ I don’t really want to do that.”
Now, it ends up that Gallant might be changing Nasreddine genuine.