New Jersey General Manager Ray Shero has reached into his ties with the Pittsburgh Penguins to pick the Devils’ next head coach, John Hynes, a person with knowledge of the hiring told the Associated Press on Monday night.

Shero has chosen the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach to run the once-proud team that has failed to make the playoffs the past three seasons.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not confirm the hiring. The team plans to introduce the new coach at a news conference Tuesday.

The 40-year-old Hynes has coached the Penguins’ AHL farm team for the past five seasons, making the playoffs each year.

 

Zuccarello hurt skull

New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello suffered a brain contusion and a small skull fracture on April 24 that left him in the hospital for three days and unable to speak for four, the team revealed Monday.

Zuccarello, speaking publicly for the first time since being hit on the left side of the head by teammate Ryan McDonagh’s slapshot in the first period of the decisive Game 5 of New York’s first-round series against Pittsburgh, said the doctors have told him he will be recovered in time for the start of training camp in September.

Ludzik sues NHL

Former Blackhawks center and Lightning coach Steve Ludzik is suing the NHL, alleging the league failed to warn him of the significant risk of brain damage during his 10-year career.

The suit was filed Monday. Ludzik, who played for the Blackhawks throughout the 1980s and coached the Lightning from 1999 to 2001, suffers from Parkinson’s disease and claims it’s a result of repeated concussive injuries.