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Shero fired in Jersey

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They got the right man.


 A month or so ago the Devils fired head coach John Hynes who IMHO was doing a good job with the cards he was dealt,  yesterday the Devils gassed the man who gave him the cards to play firing Ray Shero and replacing him on an interim basis with Tom fitzgerald with Marty Brodeur as an advisor.


  Look, I think Shero did a solid job with the Penguins adding the pieces around the superstars to make the team a consistent contender but his record was at best a mixed bag in New Jersey. A few notable moves:


His first real trade was stealing the solid underrated Kyle Palmieri from the Ducks for a couple of picks who haven't developed.

He added Devante Smith-Pelly for bust Stefan Matteau, DSP has proven he can contribute as a solid 4th liner.

He has done several small trade downs of picks on draft day to add more picks and has come up with Blackwood and McLeod out of them.

He STOLE Taylor Hall from Edmonton in an absolute heist.

He added Johansson from the Caps for a couple of those extra picks.

He traded Henriquefor Vatanen adding the desperately needed talent on the back end for a consistently inconsistent Henrique.


 This was all early, this last year-ugh.

Adding Subban for picks plus Santini was a horrible add.

Signing the over the hill at a young age Simmonds was criminal.

Gusev from Vgas for a second and a third, Gusev looks to be a bust.


Time will tell about the haul for Taylor Hall. 


He has had two top picks in the draft, Hischier looks to finally be developing while Hughes has looked lost. Zacha looks to be a bust. Overall being generous the draft has not been a strong suit for him same as the iconic Lou Lamoriello who he replaced. 


  I get it, they are underpefforming after overspending this past summer but he wasn't horrible with the team although pretty much every move the team made this past offseason other than drafting Hughes had me throwing my hands in the air wondering what the hell they were doing. He never came close to filling the gaping hole in net after Schneider decided he didn't feel like playing anymore. 


 He inherited a team with holes everywhere, IMHO they are marginally better than the team he took over, He didn't do enough to keep his job and all of his bad moves pretty much happened at one time when enthusiasm was at its highest and he paid the price ala Freddie Kitchens.

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To far up the road to be worried about only that it was freddies son.



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Heh....from smiling like the Cheshire Cat (no, really, the man was LITERALLY all smiles even BEFORE it was announced the Devils would be picking first overall......almost like he KNEW!), on draft day to no longer the GM of the Devils....how quickly things can turn in the world of front office sports, eh? 


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