3 things that went wrong for the New Jersey Devils in 2023-24

The New Jersey Devils were not very good in 2023-24. There are three big reasons why.
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The New Jersey Devils were let down by their head coaches this year

Lindy Ruff came into this season thinking he could get this group over the hump. The fanbase chanted "fire Lindy" early last season but it was changed to "sorry Lindy" before you knew it.

This year, the negative chants never turned positive. Before you knew it, Lindy Ruff was fired and Travis Green took over. Neither of them did a particularly good job.

Timo Meier was used on his off-wing, Alexander Holtz was benched despite mostly playing well, Jack Hughes wasn't being used as a center, they had certain players (Brenden Smith, Kurtis McDermid) playing too many games, etc. It was just bad coaching all around.

During the next few weeks, Tom Fitzgerald needs to conduct a well-rounded search with no stones unturned.

They need to search far and wide to find the right person for the job. There are plenty of solid candidates out there. It could be the difference between being bad, good, and great.