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Newark, NJ – New Jersey Devils General Manager Ray Shero today issued the following statement on Executive Vice President, Hockey Operations/Director of Scouting David Conte:
“David and I have had numerous discussions regarding his future. Based on our conversations, I believe it is in the best interests of our organization for David to pursue other opportunities and to not renew his contract,” said Shero. “I would personally like to thank David Conte for his 31 years of service to the New Jersey Devils organization. His contributions to the success of the hockey operations department have been immense. The search for his successor will begin immediately.”
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired a second-round selection (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft and third-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft from New Jersey in exchange for right wing Kyle Palmieri.
Palmieri, 24 (2/1/91), appeared in 198 career NHL games for Anaheim, collecting 43-46=89 points with a +11 rating and 90 penalty minutes (PIM). He also played 17 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Ducks, earning 6-2=8 points with 18 PIM. Selected by Anaheim in the first round (26th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Palmieri ranked tied for second among team leaders in power-play goals (5) and tied for third in power-play points (11) last season.
Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today named John Hynes as the 17th head coach in team history. The announcement was made by Devils’ General Manager Ray Shero. Hynes was introduced at a press conference this afternoon at Prudential Center.
“John Hynes is an individual with extensive coaching experience on the collegiate, professional and national levels,” said Shero. “He has been successful at each one and we are fully confident in what he will bring to the Devils’ organization."
The New Jersey Devils will introduce their new head coach at a press conference at noon ET today.
All indications point to John Hynes being named as the coach.
from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
Phil Housley, who played 22 games for the Devils late in the 1995-96 season, is at the top of general manager Ray Shero's short list to become the club's next head coach.
Shero has done an extensive search to find the right coach for the Devils, considering Guy Boucher of SC Bern in Switzerland, Washington Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton AHL coach John Hynes, but Housley has emerged as the leading choice.
Housley, 51, is currently an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators under Peter Laviolette. The Predators were knocked out of the playoffs this year by the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
He coached Team USA to the gold medal at the 2013 world junior championships in Ufa, Russia.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Here's a list of the candidates that I am aware of and where things stand with each of them. There could be others I am not aware of as this is a fluid situation now that Shero has been back in New Jersey for nearly a week following his trip to the Czech Republic for the world championships.
John Hynes: Hynes, 40, just completed his fifth season as head coach of Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins in AHL. He directed the team to a 45-24-3-4 record in 2014-15 before it lost to Manchester in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Shero hired Hynes to be the head coach in Wilkes Barre-Scranton when he was the GM in Pittsburgh and has a high opinion of him....
Paul MacLean: The former Ottawa Senators head coach's name came up after Lamoriello fired Pete DeBoer on Dec. 26, but that turned out to be just speculation. Now, Shero does have interest in MacLean, who won the Jack Adams as the NHL's coach of the year in 2012-13. He signed a contract extension the following summer that still has two more seasons left on it, but the Senators soured on him this past season and fired him on Dec. 8. The Senators went on to make the playoffs with Dave Cameron behind their bench....
Dan Bylsma: Shero and Bylsma have a history from working together in Pittsburgh – and both being fired after last season. Although Shero did talk with Bylsma, 44, two weeks ago at the world championships – as he did with Todd McLellan before the former San Jose coach was hired by Edmonton – and the two maintain a solid relationship, it doesn't appear either feels it's a good fit for a reunion in New Jersey at this point....
more on each of the names above plus additional candidates...
from Tom Gulitti of The Record,
Martin Brodeur might still return to the Devils some day to work in their front office, but he does not anticipate that happening anytime soon with Lou Lamoriello no longer their general manager.
Although Lamoriello remains as team president in charge of hockey operations, Brodeur sees the Devils going in a bit of a different direction after hiring Ray Shero as GM last week and was already talking with St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong about remaining as part of that team’s front office. In fact, that will likely become official by the end of next week, after Armstrong returns from the world championships in the Czech Republic.
"Especially with the change they made, I think it’s a great opportunity for me to take a step back and go somewhere – or stay somewhere – that I’ll be able to learn and do things I want to do and try to learn as much as possible and who knows what the future [holds?]," Brodeur told The Record on Monday. "But, it’s less and less likely it’s going to happen in New Jersey for a few years, that’s for sure."
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
What are your thoughts initially on the kind of head coach you want to hire?
“That's a good question. Again, that's one of things that I really want to ask a few questions here before I get started. With anything, when you're looking for a coach, whether it's internally or you're talking to people outside, there's some different criteria in terms of coaches that can discipline, coaches that can motivate, coaches that can teach. There's a lot of good coaches that are available and there's two people in Jersey right now in Scott Stevens and Adam Oates. Adam's been a head coach before and Scott I've heard real good things about him. So, in terms of the proper fit or the right guy for the New Jersey Devils, time will tell on that from asking some of the questions and seeing things.
“I certainly have some ideas in terms of coaching styles, philosophies, but I need to find out more about the New Jersey Devils because it's an important decision not only just for next year, but moving forward and buying into that. There's some good coaches available and I look forward to talking to the coaches that are there (in New Jersey) and getting their feedback and their philosophy. I hope to do that a little bit maybe before I leave (for the world championships) and certainly when I get back and then go from there.”
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
"I think we'll be the beneficiary of [this hire] as an organization," Lamoriello said. "The one thing that has been consistent in this organization and with every conversation I've had with Ray was the ability he has. He has no ego and knows the logo is the most important thing and when you get that that's a good feeling; a very positive thing happened today."
Lamoriello completed his 28th season as Devils' president/GM in 2014-15. During his time, the Devils won three Stanley Cup championships, five Eastern Conference titles and nine division titles in 21 Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances.
"I've known [Lou Lamoriello] since playing against him in college when I was at St. Lawrence and he was coaching Providence," Shero said. "Before Lou was GM, my father [Hockey Hall of Fame coach Fred Shero] was a color analyst when the team started and Max McNab was GM and I hung around there quite a bit when I was in college. So the opportunity for me to work with a Lou Lamoriello, who is a Hockey Hall of Fame member and one of the most respected GMs in the history of the game, certainly was a great opportunity I was not going to turn down and I'm looking forward to working with the team. It's a great opportunity for me and my family."
Shero has most recently been actively involved with USA Hockey and is a member of its National Team Advisory Board. He has enjoyed having an opportunity to spend more time with his family; one of his sons will be a freshman at Boston College and he has another attending Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire.
Shero was fired as GM of the Penguins on May 16, 2014, finishing with a 373-193-56 in his eight seasons with the organization.
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