The New Jersey Devils have fired head coach John Hynes, the club announced Tuesday. Alain Nasreddine will serve as interim head coach, while Peter Horachek has been promoted to assistant coach from his post as a pro scout.
“John played an integral role in the development of this team in establishing a foundation for our future and we are grateful for his commitment, passion and unmatched work ethic,” said Devils general manager Ray Shero.
The Devils find themselves 30th overall and 15th in the Eastern Conference with a 9-13-4 record.
Hynes was hired as head coach of New Jersey in June of 2015. He went 150-159-45 across five seasons in the Garden State and leaves as the fifth longest-tenured bench boss in the league.
But the Devils qualified for the playoffs just once under his watch. They were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In two of the past three seasons, the Devils finished in 27th place or lower in the standings.
Nevertheless, Hynes leaves ranked second in games coached and wins for the franchise. Jacques Lemaire is the all-time Devils leader behind the bench with 276 wins and 509 games coached.
In Nasreddine, the Devils are promoting an assistant coach with five seasons of experience with Wilkes-Barre Scranton. He served as assistant in the AHL before his promotion to the Devils. He also spent time in the NHL as a player.
“[Alain] has a long history as a respected leader both as a player and a coach in the respective roles he has served for his teams,” Shero said. “His experience as a captain and alternate captain on the ice (in the American Hockey League), in addition to his responsibilities behind the bench, will serve him well as he leads this team through necessary changes to alter our current trajectory.”
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