The John Hynes era came to an abrupt end on Tuesday.
The Devils fired their head coach in somewhat shocking fashion, axing him between back-to-back games and not officially making the move until about three hours prior to their game against the Vegas Golden Knights at the Prudential Center.
It was the kind of stunner that would make Lou Lamoriello proud, except, of course, he’s now two franchises removed from being at the helm. This was general manager Ray Shero, who’s come under fire lately himself, ultimately making the move that harkened back to some of the headline-grabbing, bombshell coaching changes the franchise had made in the past.
“I don’t think there’s any one player that is performing even at the level, let alone above, that we’d expect or they’d expect,” Shero said. “That’s disappointing…obviously, change brings opportunity, not only for Alain Nasreddine, but for our players.”
Nasreddine, a long-time colleague of Hynes who had worked with him for the past decade both in the minors and with the Devils, was elevated from assistant coach to interim head coach, but the same problems persisted; New Jersey blew two separate leads and allowed three third-period goals in a 4-3 loss.