The Devils fired Coach John Hynes on Tuesday two months into a season in which a promising roster has produced lackluster results.
The assistant Alain Nasreddine will be the interim head coach, with the scout Peter Horachek joining the coaching staff.
“John played an integral role in the development of this team in establishing a foundation for our future and we are grateful for his commitment, passion and unmatched work ethic,” General Manager Ray Shero said in a statement.
Hynes compiled a 150-159-45 regular-season record in four-plus seasons. The Devils reached the playoffs in 2018, but finished near the bottom of the standings in Hynes’s other three seasons. At 9-13-4, they are in last place in the Metropolitan Division entering Tuesday night’s home game against the Vegas Golden Knights.
During the off-season, the Devils drafted Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick, and they added the top defenseman P.K. Subban and the high-scoring Russian forward Nikita Gusev. Taylor Hall, the league’s most valuable player in 2017-18, and goalie Cory Schneider were seemingly healthy after injuries derailed their 2018-19 season.
But the Devils remain one of the N.H.L.’s lowest-scoring teams and are second-to-last in goals-against average. They have struggled to hold on to leads, and Schneider, 33, is now in the minors.
“I have been consistent in my desire to build something here in New Jersey that earns the respect of teams throughout the league and pride in our fans,” Shero said. “That is not where we were heading and for me to tolerate anything less was not acceptable.”