Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

What's Next for Devils after Brian Boyle Trade?

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

What's Next for Devils after Brian Boyle Trade?

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NEWARK — The short answer to the question of what follows the trade of Brian Boyle to the Nashville Predators is this: Brett Seney slots in on the left side of the fourth line.

But the long answer is more complicated.

Devils general manager Ray Shero now has eight draft picks to work with come June, including two in the second round. For an organization in this spot with a stated goal of building from within, this is about as good as it will get.

Slowly, the Devils have made changes to their player development system and director of amateur scouting Paul Castron is only starting to ink his signature on the farm system, so there are reasons for optimism.

But even then, we're still looking ahead a little too far down the line.

The Devils are in a tough spot. They have few assets that would net a high return and they're all but out of the playoff race. But they still have a whole slate of games to play through April 6. Where does the focus lie for a team that was not expecting to be in this position?

As a coach, John Hynes says his job doesn't change. He's in a difficult position,attempting to develop players in the NHL and make progress with this rebuild, but at least he knows his job is secure.

All season, he's been using wins and losses as teaching moments. That doesn't change regardless of who is on the roster, and his coaching philosophy doesn't either.

"We're in the business to try to win games," Hynes said. "Your job as a coach is to try to coach what's in your locker room. You have to coach the guys that are going to be there. You have to coach them the best you can to try to win games and that's whether guys get traded or don't get traded or guys get hurt."

While fans are begging for a tank job in order to be able to draft Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko there's another school of thought that says losing creates bad habits and a toxic culture, which can be detrimental to the young players on the roster. …

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