The New Jersey Devils sent shockwaves through the hockey world Sunday evening, when they announced the dismissal of General Manager Ray Shero, making him the organization’s first general manager to be formally fired since Bill MacMillan (who was ousted on way back in November of 1983). Just as many Devils fans appeared content with Shero’s dismissal as they were outraged or bewildered. For now, we’re mostly left to wonder the factors that went into this groundbreaking decision.
Regardless of where you as a fan stand on this controversial move by New Jersey Devils ownership, there are plenty of explanations that can arguably justify Ray Shero’s removal. From a purely speculative standpoint, we are going to explore five potential reasons that might have factored into Ray Shero’s firing.
While most of the New Jersey Devils fanbase and hockey world in general is eager for answers, despite the fact they simply won’t get them at this time, the following circumstances that manifested under Ray Shero’s regime could at least shed light on what influenced ownership’s unprecedented decision. Here are five issues with Ray Shero that likely led to the New Jersey Devils going in another direction.