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Garden State of Hockey- AAtJ Podcast Episode 18: Rock Bottom

Surely this is the low point of the season, yes?

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This episode was recorded prior to Tuesday’s usual third period disaster in what was overall a better effort that could not stave off the continued freefall for the New Jersey Devils. The two games against the Rangers and Sabres put the nail in the coffin for coach John Hynes (who was fired post recording) and Corey Masisak goes into more detail here on why the Devils chose to finally change things up behind the bench. He also delves into a list of potential replacements after the season as the Devils again must enter a new era.

While Hynes was not solely to blame, our own CJ outlined what he meant to the team and why the move had to be made after the back to back disasters against New York teams. It seems the consensus among the players and anyone on staff is that Hynes was a quality man and a good developmental coach who had a rough shake in New Jersey between injuries and roster overhaul and unfortunately found himself as the scapegoat when the team continued to have judgmental lapses and fragile finishes to games despite an influx of talent in the offseason. We wish him the best of luck, as with the current news coming out about coaches, it does seem like he is one of the good guys. Alain Nasreddine has taken over on an interim basis but is he the permanent solution? We’ll tackle that on next week’s episode.

Taylor Hall is now firmly on the trade block as reported by Pierre Lebrun. What kind of return can the Devils hope for in this latest lost season? We address that a little here as well.

Strap in, people. It’s going to be a bumpy ride to the finish and to ride along with us, tweet us at @AAtJerseyBlog.