Less than the expected start of their 2019-20 season, the New Jersey Devils decided it was time to make a coaching change, relieving John Hynes of his coaching duties on Tuesday. Alain Nasreddine was named interim coach. Peter Horachek will also receive promotion from pro-scout to assistant coach.
“John (Hynes) played an integral role in developing this team to lay the foundation for our future and we are grateful for his commitment, passion and unmatched work ethic,” GM Ray Shero said in a press release. “John is a respected leader, talent and friend who makes this decision difficult. We are a team that appreciates and prides itself on the results we produce. We are collectively disappointed with our performance on the ice and believe we need change starting with I’m consistent in my desire to do something here in New Jersey that earns the respect of the teams throughout the league and the pride of our fans. It is not where we went and for me to tolerate nothing less was acceptable. “
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Devils today sit at the bottom of the rankings in the Metropolitan Directorate with a record of 9-13-4 (22 points). Hynes joins Mike Babcock (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Bill Peters (Calgary Flames) as the first coaches to leave their respective teams during the 2019-20 season.
“Nas (Alain Nasreddine) has a long history of being a respected leader both as a player and as a coach in the respective roles he has served for his teams,” Shero continues. “His experience as captain and alternate captain on the ice, in addition to his responsibilities behind the bench, will serve him as he leads this team through the changes needed to change our current trajectory.”
Hynes’ possession with the Devils ends with a 150-159-4 record (.487) in 354 career regular season games (the second games coached in franchise history). Although he finished second in wins and points (345) for a Devils coach, he was able to take his team to the playoffs in just his four full seasons behind the bench (2018) – losing the first round at bay. Tampa Lightning in five games.
The Devils will face the Golden Knights (14-11-4) in Newark on Tuesday.