Tuesday, June 2, 2015

John Hynes, New Jersey Devils Head Coach

The New Jersey Devils will be hiring John Hynes as their new head coach as reported at NJ.com. The New Jersey Devils will reportedly announce Hynes as their head coach at noon on Tuesday. Tom Gulitti notes that Hynes will become the NHL's youngest head coach at 40 years old. It was also reported that the Devils are working out compensation in the form of a draft pick in return for Hynes' services with the penguins. Under the CBA a third round draft pick in one of the next three years will need to be awarded to Pittsburgh.

Originally from Rhode Island, Hynes played hockey collegiately at Boston University. He most recently was the head coach of Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins team where he has had great success. In each of his five seasons at the helm, his team has won more than 40 games.

With the Devils' hiring of Hynes, there is only one more head coach left to be named in this season's coaching carousel. The Detroit Red Wings, who saw longtime head coach Mike Babcock head to Buffalo, are widely expected to name Jeff Blashill, their current AHL affiliate head coach with the Grand Rapids Griffins, as their new NHL head coach.

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