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NHL Devils dump Shero as GM after miserable start

(AFP)

Former New Jersey Devils star goaltender Martin Brodeur will take a greater role in the NHL club’s hockey operations after the team fired general manager Ray Shero on Sunday.

The Devils are 16-21 with seven overtime losses to stand last in the eight-team Metropolitan division. Only Detroit has fewer wins so far this season than New Jersey, which stands 13 points out of the last Eastern Conference playoff spot.

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Shero was general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2006-14, directing the Penguins for the 2009 Stanley Cup before being hired by the Devils in 2015.

Devils assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald will replace Shero on an interim basis.

Brodeur, who retired in 2015 after helping Canada win Winter Olympic gold medals in 2002 and 2010, will serve as an adviser for hockey operations as well as his duties as Devils executive vice president of business development.

Brodeur, 47, played 21 seasons for the Devils, backstopping them to three Stanley Cups.

“Ray and I are in agreement that the Devils need to move in a new direction and that this change is in the best interest of the team,” Devils chairman and managing partner Josh Harris said.

“In the coming weeks and months, we will be launching a formal search for a new general manager. We’re very optimistic about our future… our organization remains deeply committed to creating a sustainably winning franchise.”

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