With the Toronto Maple Leafs having already found their next head coach, Devils fans are still waiting. In fact the New Jersey Devils haven’t really done much so far this off-season. Jordin Tootoo was re-signed to a one-year deal shortly after the arrival of GM Ray Shero. With head coaches Mike Babcock and Todd McLellan already off the market, Ray Shero has gone back to his old stomping grounds in his search.
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John Hynes has been the head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the past 5 seasons and has a very impressive resume. His team lost in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals this year, but made back-to-back Eastern Conference Final appearances prior to this year. Hynes was voted the AHL Coach of the Year in 2010-11 and his teams have won over 40 games in each of his 5 years as head coach. Defensively under his watch the WBS Pens have allowed the fewest goals in the AHL in 3 of his first 4 years. John Hynes also only took 152 games to get 100 AHL wins (2nd-fewest games in AHL history).
Based on his resume it’s easy to see why Ray Shero would be interested in talking to John Hynes about the New Jersey Devils Head Coach vacancy. He’s had a lot of success developing young prospects for the Penguins organization and knows how to stress defense to his players. Hiring someone like Hynes would allow him to work with the New Jersey Devils young defense and help them grow. It would also mean that Shero and Devils management feel the “transformation” may take longer than a year or two.
One thing we also know about John Hynes is that he uses the same system that Dan Bylsma used while in Pittsburgh. He did this so that all the players he developed could make the easy transition to the Penguins when called up. I’m sure he would have no problem using any system that Lou Lamoriello or Ray Shero wanted, but it could take some getting used to.
The only other concern with potentially hiring Hynes to be the next New Jersey Devils Head Coach is that it would most likely cost them compensation in return. This means that the New Jersey Devils would have to give up a draft pick (unknown what round and what year at this point) just for signing Hynes. This is because just like with Bylsma, Hynes is still under contract with Pittsburgh. Do I think Hynes is worth it? I’d say ask me that question once I find out what the compensation would be.
If the compensation were anything less than a 3rd round pick and the New Jersey Devils can pick the year then sign me up. Anything more than that and I think the New Jersey Devils would be better off with a coach like Guy Boucher. What do you think? Is John Hynes worth the compensation? Vote below in the poll!