The New Jersey Devils missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season in 2014-15 and the team felt a need to shake things up. Current team president Lou Lamoriello served as the team’s general manager since 1987, but will not be serving in that role any longer.
On Monday, Lamoriello announced that former Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero would accept the same position with the Devils.
“Ray is well respected throughout the hockey industry and knows what it takes to win,” Lamoriello said via the Devils’ Twitter account. “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 served as general manager of the Penguins from 2006-2014, guiding the team to the Stanley Cup Final twice (2008 and 2009) and winning it all in 2009. The Penguins fired Shero nearly one year ago to the day after the team blew a 3-1 series lead to the New York Rangers in the second round of the playoffs.
The Devils finished seventh out of eight teams in the Metropolitan Division last season with a record of 32-36-14. Their last playoff appearance resulted in a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012 where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in six games.