Ray Shero Chooses John Hynes as Devils’ New Head Coach

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost another coach. After losing the Penguins’ coaching search last offseason to Mike Johnston, John Hynes will be leaving the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to become the new head coach of Ray Shero‘s New Jersey Devils. Hynes is expected to receive a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year. If hired, he would become the youngest active NHL head coach at age 40. He would also become the fifth active NHL head coach who previously coached the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, joining Dan Bylsma (Buffalo), Todd Richards (Columbus), Michel Therrien (Montreal) and Mike Yeo (Minnesota). The Penguins are expected to get a third-round draft pick as compensation for Hynes, who has earned a ton of respect around the hockey world for his work in the AHL. Hynes’ Penguins have been the best defensive team in the AHL for two of the past three seasons. He is known for his defensive structure and good communication skills, which should be a perfect fit for a defensive team like the Devils. Shero hired Hynes to coach Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2010.