Shortly after Devils morning skate today, news trickled out about former head coach John Hynes being named as the bench boss in Nashville. When it came time for the media availability, several players and current Devils interim head coach Alain Nasreddine were asked their thoughts on him getting back on his feet so soon.
"You knew it was going to happen," said Travis Zajac. "Everyone knew he was a great coach and was going to be in the NHL sooner than later. He's going to a team that's supposed to be a playoff team, a little different sitaution than he had here. Good for him."
Nasreddine had served as an assistant coach under Hynes dating back to the 2010-11 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL.
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"I couldn't be more excited," Nasreddine said. "He was my mentor for 10 years, we're good friends. Even when the change was made, the person he is, he offered his help. I don't think anyone is surprised. He's a good coach and great human. I know he's excited and wish him nothing but the best aside from that game at the end of the month."
Nasreddine's note about the end of the month referred to January 30 when the Nashville Predators visit Prudential Center. He also talked about his working relationship with Hynes.
"He's a great communicator. Very detailed. To me, I don't thnk I've ever seen anyone work harder. As a player, I've had numerous coaches but watching what he did, he's the hardest working man I've seen. When I watched him work, it made me work harder. That's the sign of a good leader."