The season has just started in the National Hockey League, but fans are already betting on which head coach will get fired first this year. And the heat is on the New Jersey, so much that a fake Twitter account published earlier on Tuesday that the entire coaching staff had been fired.
So many people believed it was true that even some insiders, like Sportsnet’s Eric Engels got caught.
However on Wednesday, the team made an official announcement that they will be a coaching change. Indeed, the Devils have added assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald to John Hynes’ staff. He will serve in an assistant coach capacity.
Hynes has been sitting on the hot seat ever since the season started, seeing that the Devils lost their first game of the campaign to the Winnipeg Jets, who had fallen behind 4-0 before winning 5-4 in a shootout. After six contests, the Devils are still looking for their first victory.
NHL insider Bob McKenzie commented on the situation during Tuesday’sInsider Trading on TSN.
“The heat is also on with the New Jersey Devils. They’ve not been playing well at all. So much so that today there was fake Twitter news that the New Jersey Devils had actually fired head coach John Hynes and his entire staff and it was not true at all. And it’s not something that general manager Ray Shero is considering at this time. So, listen, there have been so many problems with the Devils in the early going. Their goaltending hasn’t been very good. Their D hasn’t been very good. They’ve had injuries up front and, by the way, Nico Hischier is believed to be day-to-day with an injury. So we’ll see how long he’s going to be out, but maybe not that long. At some point maybe Ray Shero is going to have to look to do something to shore up his lineup. But firing the coach at this moment in time is not one of those considerations.”