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John Hynes takes over as New Jersey Devils coach, 40-year-old youngest in NHL

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NEWARK, N.J. - John Hynes has been hired as coach of the New Jersey Devils, becoming the youngest coach in the NHL at 40 years old.

General manager Ray Shero announced the hiring on Tuesday, saying the Devils would be a fast, attacking team that knows how to play defence.

Shero says nobody but Hynes was offered the job.

Hynes has spent the past five seasons coaching Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL, the Penguins' top farm team. Shero is a former Penguins general manager.

The Devils have missed the playoff the past three seasons, falling short by 20 points this season with the league's sixth-worst record.

Pete DeBoer, who coached the Devils to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012, was fired in December. The Devils finished the season with team president and then-general manager Lou Lamoriello running them with assistant coaches Adam Oates and Scott Stevens.

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