The New Jersey Devils fired general manager Ray Shero on Sunday, hours before the team's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Newark, N.J.
Assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald will take over on an interim basis while Hockey Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur will serve as an adviser to hockey operations, according to the team.
The move comes little more than a month after Shero fired head coach John Hynes. Assistant Alain Nasreddine has served as interim coach of the Devils, who reside in the Metropolitan Division cellar with a 16-21-7 record heading into Sunday's game.
"Ray is a talented hockey executive and I am confident he will have great success in the future," Devils managing partner and chairman Josh Harris said in a statement. "However, 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.
"In the coming weeks and months, we will be launching a formal search for a new general manager. We are very optimistic about our future and have a lot of talent, both on and off the ice."
Shero, 57, served as general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins for nine seasons (2006-14) before replacing Lou Lamoriello as Devils GM in May 2015.
New Jersey began the season with playoff aspirations after acquiring former Norris Trophy recipient P.K. Subban and rugged forward Wayne Simmonds in the offseason.
"Our organization remains deeply committed to creating a sustainably winning franchise," Harris said. "Our fans deserve nothing but the best hockey. We thank them for their continued support as we work toward our goals."
--Field Level Media