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Everything Going As Planned For The Las Vegas NHL Franchise

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

It’s a process that already has begun, with McPhee and assistant general manager Kelly McCrimmon in lead positions.

“I don’t think there has been any surprises,” McPhee said. “We’re delighted with how quickly it all got done. We can sort of step back now and take a breath. These are real quality people and scouts. I thought it went extremely well with Kelly and I vetting people. He knew a lot of guys on the way up, and I knew a lot of guys at this level.

“We got a real nice cross section of people. We don’t have a bunch of clones. We have young up-and-comers, and we have veteran guys that wanted one more chance. I believe it’s a tremendous staff.”

McPhee spent 17 years as general manager of the Washington Capitals, longer than any other GM in franchise history. He has been a director of hockey operations for the Vancouver Canucks, a senior adviser with the New York Islanders and was the co-general manager for Canada’s gold medal team at the 2016 World Championship.

But while he will begin painting his Las Vegas adventure from a spotless canvas, those characteristics and qualities McPhee searched for when running and helping to run other franchises haven’t changed. That will include when he pursues the team’s first coach, who probably won’t be hired until the spring.

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