Devils give coach John Hynes a multi-year contract extension

Newark Star-Ledger

The most tenured coach in New York/New Jersey professional sportsis going to be sticking around with his team much longer.

The Devils have given John Hynes, who had been under contract through the 2018-19 season, a multi-year extension, according to a team source. The team, which is in the middle of a four-game road trip after losing 5-4 in Dallas on Wednesday night, announced the news on Thursday morning.

“John’s leadership has been instrumental in building both culture and systems that are focused on the development of our players,” general manager Ray Shero said in a statement from the team. “He has cultivated a group of veteran leaders, while helping our young players develop and gain experience. John is to be commended for the progress the team has made under his direction and this commitment shows that we are confident in the role he will play in our future success.”

Hynes, who was hired in June 2015 after five seasons with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, has a 125-122 record with the team. He led the Devils to their first playoff spot in five years last season when the team used a hot start to propel it to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, with leading scorer Taylor Hall winning the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP.

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