Devils head coach John Hynes has been canned following a dismal start to the season.
Hynes was fired Tuesday after four-plus seasons with New Jersey, the team announced.
The ouster comes after back-to-back losses to the Rangers and Sabres, in which the Devils were outscored 11-1.
The Devils play the Golden Knights on Tuesday night, with assistant Alain Nasreddine taking over as the interim coach.
The Devils (9-13-4) are last in the Metropolitan Division and 30th in the league, their season hanging by a thread after a busy offseason.
Expectations soared after the additions of P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds and Jack Hughes, the first-overall pick in this year’s NHL draft.
But it’s been a mess so far for the Devils, who have missed the playoffs three of the four years with Hynes as head coach. The franchise hasn’t qualified for the playoffs since 2017-18, when it lost in the first round in five games to the Lightning.
The team is also reportedly exploring its options with star forward and 2018 MVP Taylor Hall, who is slated to become a free agent at the end of the season and may not be interested in waiting for the Devils to turn things around.
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Hynes, 44, finished with a 150-159-18 record during his time with the Devils, his first head-coaching job in the NHL.