The New Jersey Devils might call an old friend looking for a new look.
We’ve seen it time and time again, an old coach or general manager goes to a new team and looks to add his former players. Ray Shero and John Hynes did that when they left the Pittsburgh Penguins organization to join the New Jersey Devils. They added names like Beau Bennett, Ben Lovejoy, and others they knew how to manage and coach. That could happen again, only with Hynes getting some of his favorite Devils players and bring them to the Nashville Predators.
The Preds went home early after Hynes’s other former player Taylor Hall took over his series and ended his former coach’s season just four games after it restarted. It was a disappointing showing for the Predators and their new coach, but one that brought flashbacks for a lot of Devils’ fans. Now, the Devils could call an old friend and see if they can make a move to help both teams.
GM David Poile has only been keen to make major moves to impact the core when it’s a move to add another piece to the core. Look at the P.K. Subban trade last season in order to sign Matt Duchene. The Predators can’t be happy with how this season ended and how their players showed up when everything was on the line. This will lead to some changes to the roster.
It’s still not guaranteed if Poile will keep his job as GM, but it’s highly unlikely they remove Hynes after just a few months as head coach through a pandemic. Since he will likely look at some of the Devils players and prospects he was excited about, let’s look at the options the Devils could have on the other side.