Nashville Predators name former Devils coach John Hynes head coach

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It didn't take long for John Hynes to find employment.

The former Devils head coach, who was fired Dec. 3, has found a new home with Nashville, as the Predators named Hynes head coach Tuesday.

“John Hynes is a bright young coach and great leader who has a track record of both effectively developing young players and successfully motivating veterans,” Nashville president David Poile said via team statement. “We love his coaching resume and are confident that he has learned from every stop during his career, and has the best skill set to get the maximum potential out of our team.”

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Hynes spent just over four full seasons as the head man in Newark, making the postseason once, but suffering a first-round elimination during the 2017-18 NHL Playoffs.

Hynes replaces Peter Laviolette, who was fired Monday. Laviolette led the Predators to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, losing to Pittsburgh, and followed up that appearance with back-to-back Central Division titles. Two disappointing early exits in the playoffs and a lackluster 19-15-7 record in 2019-20 later, his Music City exit was finalized Jan. 6.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to join an organization with a history of success, a team with immense talent and a phenomenal fanbase,” Hynes said via news release. “This organization has a strong foundation, from its ownership and executives to the entire front-office staff, and I’m excited to come in and try to maximize this team’s abilities.”

Hynes, 44, is still one of the younger coaches in the NHL, with Chicago's Jeremy Colliton (34), Toronto interim HC Sheldon Keefe (39), Alain Nasreddine (44) and Ottawa's D.J. Smith (42), the only head coaches younger.

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