The New Jersey Devils have officially announced John Hynes as their new bench boss after the team finished the 2014-15 campaign with Lou Lamoriello, Adam Oates and Scott Stevens all handling the coaching duties.
At the age of 40, Hynes is now the youngest head coach in the NHL.
In the introductory press conference, GM Ray Shero also outlined the three principles that will guide the Devils moving forward: Fast, attacking, and supportive.
“The things that we talked about and the identity we want to try to establish, the decision to hire John Haynes for the new head coach, he’s going to encompass these things moving forward,” Shero said.
Hynes spent the previous five seasons leading the AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 231-126-27 record. The AHL Penguins, which are affiliated with Pittsburgh, made it to at least the second round in each of his campaigns.
Before that Hynes was the head coach of the USA Hockey’s National Development Program for six seasons. He won three medals over that span with the United States’ Under-18 team in the Worlds (Silver in 2004, Gold in 2006, Bronze in 2008). Among the players he coached during that era was current Devils goaltender Cory Schneider.
“Obviously it’s been a little while since then, but I do remember him being extremely detailed and prepared and a great motivator,” Schneider told the Star-Ledger. “He’s definitely a younger guy and I know we’re trying to transition that way. I had a great experience with him and hopefully he’s the right fit for us.”
It remains to be seen who Hynes assistants will be as Shero said that no other decisions have been made regarding the coaching staff.
Sergei Gonchar and Marek Zidlicky intend to play at least one more season in the NHL.
Both veteran defensemen are set to become unrestricted free agents next month.
Zidlicky split the 2014-15 season between the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings. In 84 games the 38-year-old had seven goals and 34 points to go along with a minus-9 rating while averaging over 20 minutes a night in ice time.
“He is 100 percent committed to playing in the NHL next season,” Zidlicky’s agent Allan Walsh tweeted on Monday afternoon.
Gonchar split the 2014-15 season between the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens. The Habs announced last month that they would not be bringing the 41-year-old back for next season.
Montreal acquired Gonchar from Dallas in exchange for Travis Moen in November.
In 48 games this season Gonchar had one goal and 13 assists to go along with a plus-6 rating while averaging nearly 18 minutes a night in ice time.
Gonchar told TVA’s Renaud Lavoie that he wants to play one more season.
The New Jersey Devils will reportedly introduce John Hynes as the club’s new head coach at a press conference on Tuesday at noon.
Hynes spent this season as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins.
Devils GM Ray Shero is quite familiar with Hynes. While the GM of the Penguins Shero promoted Hynes, 40, to be the head coach in Wilkes Barre-Scranton in 2010.
Hynes also has a prior relationship with Devils’ goaltender Cory Schneider.
“I actually had coach Hynes when I was playing for the under-18 team (2003-04). He was the head coach of the U.S. team and then he was an assistant at the world juniors,” Schneider told Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger. “Obviously it’s been a little while since then, but I do remember him being extremely detailed and prepared and a great motivator.
“He’s definitely a younger guy and I know we’re trying to transition that way. I had a great experience with him and hopefully he’s the right fit for us.”
Hynes posted a 231-126-27 record in five AHL seasons and took the Penguins to the playoffs in each season.
On Saturday Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger reported that Nashville Predators’ assistant coach Phil Housley is the lead candidate for the New Jersey Devils coaching vacancy.
However, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Devils have strongly denied they’re set on Housley.
Friedman added the Devils could name they’re new coach in the next 24-to-48 hours and that Housley is in the mix along with a few others.
Housley coached Team USA to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship.
The 51-year-old also had a brief stop in New Jersey during his playing days.
The topic of 3-on-3 overtime is one of a few topics on the agenda for Thursday’s competition committee meeting.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believes we could see a 3-on-3 overtime format tested during the preseason, but not implemented for the 2015-16 regular season.
Also on the agenda for this week’s meeting is the coach’s challenge, the idea of the center in the defensive zone putting his stick down first during face-offs and the salary cap escalator.
Recommendations made at the competition committee meeting would have to be voted on by the NHL’s Board of Governors in late June prior to being implemented for the 2015-16 season.
The aforementioned topics were all initially discussed at the March general managers’ meetings in Boca Raton, Florida.
General managers Ken Holland, Don Maloney, David Poile along with Ed Snider will represent league (with Colin Campbell in a non-voting role) at the meeting in New York.
Mike Cammalleri, Cory Schneider, Kevin Shattenkirk and Daniel Winnik represent the NHLPA (with Mathieu Schneider in a non-voting role).