first_imgSo a Devils parody account spoofed a bunch of media people on Twitter with this news, but this Las Vegas CBS affiliate reeeeeallllly took the bait. Wow. pic.twitter.com/3kMs5eRoY7— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) January 30, 2020Fast-forward to April, and it looks as though things have come full circle. Just last week, interim Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald told Sporting News on a conference call with reporters that he and Nasreddine are not worried about the uncertainty of holding interim tags during the season’s pause.”I’m just doing the general manager’s job. Alain Nasreddine is doing the head coaching job until told otherwise. For me personally, I can only speak to what my day-to-day looks like,” Fitzgerald said. “There’s constant communication I have with the organization as the general manager, so it doesn’t even creep into my brain on the what-ifs because I don’t think I would be doing the organization any justice if I looked at it as the glass is half full and said, ‘I don’t really want to do this, I don’t want to make these phone calls.’ I don’t really want to do that.” Now, it turns out that Gallant could be replacing Nasreddine for real. Then-Devils general manager Ray Shero fired John Hynes on Dec. 3 and tapped assistant Alain Nasreddine to take over as interim head coach. Nasreddine has led the team to a 19-16-8 record and according to LeBrun has a real shot at keeping the job.MORE: Who is Alain Nasreddine?A little over a month after Hynes was let go, Gallant was fired by Vegas on Jan. 15 after 2 1/2 seasons in charge. His tenure included two playoff appearances, a Pacific Division title and the 2017-18 Western Conference championship.Two weeks after that, on Jan. 30, a Twitter parody account sent out a fake Devils press release announcing Gallant’s hiring as head coach.The “press release” also said that Gallant’s assistants would be Nasreddine, Patrik Elias and Scott Stevens. The tweet even included a graphic of Gallant being welcomed to the team.However, a link from the tweet took readers to a page that read, “Nah jk (sic), this team is a f—ing joke.”The tweet tricked some media members and was even picked up by a Las Vegas TV station. The 2019-20 NHL season might be paused, but hockey operations haven’t been halted. According to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, the New Jersey Devils have begun their coaching search in earnest, including interviewing former Vegas Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant — the same job for which he was “hired” in January.Yep, you heard that right.last_img