Reporters bit on a fake report that the New Jersey Devils hired former Vegas Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant as their new bench boss on Thursday.
The report also named Patrik Elias, Scott Stevens and Alain Nasreddine as assistants and said that Peter Horachek, Rick Kowalsky, and Mike Grier had been fired. Along with an admittedly well-put-together graphic, unless you clicked on the story link, everything seemed believable.
OFFICIAL: The #NJDevils have named Gerard Gallant Head Coach. The club has also named Patrik Elias, Scott Stevens and Alain Nasreddine as Assistants.
Additionally, Peter Horachek, Rick Kowalsky, and Mike Grier have been relieved of their duties.
: https://t.co/q2OxJOvcxh pic.twitter.com/LjkQJv2TjA
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevills) January 30, 2020
However, if you did click on the link in the tweet, you would find an article containing only one sentence: "Nah jk (sic), this team is a f—ing joke."
It may have been a joke, but not everyone caught it in time. News NOW 8, a CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, took the bait and reported the hiring of its former head coach themselves.
So a Devils parody account spoofed a bunch of media people on Twitter with this news, but this Las Vegas CBS affiliate reeeeeallllly took the bait. Wow. pic.twitter.com/3kMs5eRoY7
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) January 30, 2020
Gallant was fired on Jan. 15 and replaced by former San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer, who was also fired this season. The parody account report claimed that Gallant was taking over for interim head coach Alain Nasreddine in New Jersey. Nasreddine took the interim title on Dec. 3 when John Hynes was fired. Hynes now serves as head coach of the Nashville Predators after Peter Laviolette's termination.
While the carousel of head coaches in the NHL this season has been wild, be careful not to believe everything you see.