The New Jersey Devils decided to give Head Coach John Hynes a two-year contract extension. This was an interesting move considering the fact that New Jersey has not had a very good season. They sit in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division with a 15-17-7 with 37 points.
Hynes missed the playoffs in his first two seasons as head coach of the Devils, but they made the playoffs last season. New Jersey was the second wild card team in the east and they were ousted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games.
The contract extension for John Hynes is a good sign for both sides. The New Jersey Devils don’t feel pressure to win a championship right now and they want to rebuild this franchise the right way by being patient. General manager Ray Shero didn’t give Hynes the necessary role players to succeed this season.
It goes to show that they have more impact prospects on the way whether that is either in the AHL with the Binghamton Devils or in juniors.
This signing will have a major impact on Taylor Hall. He is a free agent after the 2019-2020 season. Hall is their best player when healthy. He won’t hesitate staying in New Jersey long term because of who is behind the bench and Hynes is one of the reasons why Taylor Hall won MVP last season.
John Hynes is already the second winningest coach in franchise history. He is only 43 years old. Hynes has implemented a system that the players like. When they are playing at their best, the Devils are tough to play against, but they have looked bad several times this season.
A lot of it has to do with poor goaltending and defense. MacKenzie Blackwood most likely has solved New Jersey’s goaltending problems.
Five NHL teams have already ready fired coaches this season and the New Jersey Devils didn’t want to be the sixth team to do that. Instead of following what some of the league did, they decided to go there own way. This contract extension will work in the long run as long as Ray Shero gets him the personnel necessary to succeed.