By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New Jersey Devils has signed head coach John Hynes to a multi-year contract extension on Thursday morning. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The Devils are 15-17-7 this season. At the moment, they are the second-worst team in the Metropolitan Division with 37.
The Philadelphia Flyers, who have cleaned house this season, has a worst record with a 15-19-5 record in the bottom of the Division. They have 35 points.
“John’s leadership has been instrumental in building both culture and systems that are focused on the development of our players,” Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero said. “He has cultivated a group of veteran leaders, while helping our young players develop and gain exposure. John is to be commended for the progress the team has made under his direction and this commitment shows that we are confident in the role he will play in our future success.”
In four seasons as the team’s head coach, he has 125 wins, 122 losses, and 16 overtime losses. The 43-year-old Warwick, Rhode Island native guided the franchise to the playoffs during the 2017-18 season, before being eliminated in the first-round.
“John has been an important part of the progress we have made toward our ultimate objective of competing at the highest level in the League year-in and year-out,” Devils Managing Partner Josh Harris said. “We have been impressed with John’s leadership ever since he became a first-time NHL head coach with the New Jersey Devils three years ago. He is a fantastic teacher and mentor, qualities which have served the organization well in developing our young talent.
“His ability to communicate and connect with players has helped define our culture and inspire those around him to be their best.”