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Devils hire Ray Shero as new general manager

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The Devils are still looking for a coach, and Ray Shero will make that hire.

The Devils have a new face in the front office.

Lou Lamoriello announced on Monday that Ray Shero will become the fourth general manager in team history. Lamoriello will stay on as Devil’s team president, a position he’s held since 1987.

“Ray is well respected throughout the hockey industry and knows what it takes to win,” Lamoriello said via the team’s website. “His 22 seasons of NHL front-office experience will be beneficial to the New Jersey Devils organization. I look forward to working alongside Ray.

Shero, 52, was general manager of the Penguins for eight seasons (2006-07 to 2013-14), reached the Stanley Cup Final in consecutive years and won the 2009 Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh became a perennial playoff contender under Shero’s guidance. He is also the son of late Hall of Fame head coach Fred Shero, who served as a Devils radio commentator in the ’80s. The Devils reached the Stanley Cup Final five times under Lamoriello, winning three championships (1995, 2000 and 2003).

The Devils were a mess this year, especially after Lamoriello fired head coach Peter DeBoer midseason and inserted himself, Scott Stevens and Adam Oates as a three-headed monster behind the bench. Speculation will now begin as to whether Shero will try to grab Dan Bylsma to coach the Devils after the two enjoyed success together in Pittsburgh. Both Shero and Bylsma were fired in Pittsburgh after the Penguins lost to the Rangers last postseason. The Devils finished 32-36-14 (78 points) and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year. 

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