Report: John Hynes to be named head coach of the Devils

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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.