Devils deny Housley to be named head coach

Elliotte Friedman and Daren Millard discuss the latest news around the hockey world, including the possible compensation changes, the New Jersey Devil’s coaching situation and Braden Holtby’s contract.

The New Jersey Devils are believed to be close to naming a new head coach, with Nashville Predators assistant Phil Housley reportedly in the mix.

According to Elliotte Friedman on Saturday’s edition of “Headlines” on Hockey Night in Canada, a decision could be made in the next 24-to-48 hours, but the Devils have strongly denied they’re set on Housley.

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Housley, who coached the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, has worked with the Predators for the past two seasons.

Housley, a seven-time NHL all-star, played 1,495 games, scoring 338 goals and 1,232 points as a defenceman.

John Hynes, the coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, is also believed to be in the running for the Devils job.

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