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Devils Give GM Ray Shero Contract Extension After Disappointing Season

April 09, 2019 - 8:40 am
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By WFAN.com

The Devils have signed general manager Ray Shero to a multi-year contract extension.

Managing partner Josh Harris announced the deal at a news conference Monday. He did not diclose the length of years or salary.

The Devils hired Shero, the former GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins, in May 2015 to replace Hall of Famer Lou Lamoriello. New Jersey missed the playoffs in each of Shero's first two seasons before reaching the postseason in 2018, when it lost in the first round to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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The Devils, however, took a step backward this past season, going 31-41-10 (72 points) to finish last in the Metropolitan Division. Only two teams in the NHL had fewer points.

Nevertheless, Harris said he is optimistic about the team's future under Shero and coach John Hynes, who received his own contract extension in January.

"We have a good young core with Nico (Hischier) and Jesper (Bratt)," Harris said. "There are no shortcuts to the top. There are only shortcuts to the middle. Ultimately, we're going to get where we need to be, which is an elite team who can compete for the Stanley Cup."

Said Shero: "We are moving forward finally. It’s hard to say that when you’re third-worst, but it’s just a different feeling to me. It’s OK to be disappointed. I am and I know our fans are, but there’s an optimism I have.”