Devils assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald joins bench as assistant coach

Devils rookie Jack Hughes looks up to the skies in anger after hitting both posts in an attempt at his first NHL goal.

The New Jersey Devils are the only NHL team still looking for a win this season and have now made some off-ice changes.

The team announced Wednesday that assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald will be joining head coach John Hynes’s bench as an assistant coach. Fitzgerald was on the ice for practice Wednesday.

The Devils entered the season with raised expectations after the off-season additions of P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds and first-overall pick Jack Hughes. But through six games the team has an 0-4-2 record, ranks in the bottom-three in both power play and penalty kill, and have twice lost games in which they led by four goals.

It’s unclear if this move means Hynes is on the hot seat.

The 44-year-old is in his fifth season with the club and signed a multi-year contract extension in January. But the team has missed the playoffs in three of his previous four seasons, and with former Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall set to hit unrestricted free agency in July, this winless start could lead to more changes.

In other Devils news, centre Nico Hischier missed practice and is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Captain Andy Greene, who hasn’t played since Oct. 9 with an upper-body injury, did practice on Wednesday.

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