The New Jersey Devils will introduce John Hynes as their new head coach on Tuesday in a noon press conference, according to the Devils' blog Fire & Ice.
Hynes comes from the AHL where he was coaching Pittsburgh-affiliate Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins. The deal has not yet been made official due to discussions between the teams over draft pick compensation for Pittsburgh.
In his five seasons with Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Hynes has reached the playoffs in each season and compiled a 231-126-27 record. He also has a relationship with the new general manager of the Devils, Ray Shero, who formerly was the general manager of the Penguins and promoted Hynes to be the head coach in Wilkes-Garre Scranton.
Rather than going away from the youth of DeBoer (he is 46), the Devils instead doubled-down by hiring Hynes. At 40-years-old, he is now the youngest head coach in the NHL.
The Devils fired previous head coach Peter DeBoer on Dec. 26, 2014 and replaced him with the trifecta of Lou Lamoriello, Scott Stevens and former Caps' head coach Adam Oates. Shockingly, having three men behind the bench did not seem to jump-start the Devils as they finished seventh in the Metropolitan Division with only 78 points.
It is unknown if Oates or Stevens will be retained as assistants.