by PuckStopsHere on 04/26/14 at 10:32 PM ET
Today it was announced that the Washington Capitals will not be renewing general manager George McPhee's contract for next season. They are also firing coach Adam Oates, as the new general manager is expected to bring in his own coach. This is in response to the Capitals missing the playoffs this season despite some good front line tsalent including Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and George McPhee.
McPhee had been the Washington general manager since 1997. He had done a pretty good job in that time. Washington acquired some good talent and they won seven division titles in that time. They were never able to win a Stanley Cup, but they had a consistently good team.
McPhee should land on his feet. There is a good chance he will be the next general manager of the Calgary Flames. Calgary president Brian Burke is searching for a new GM and both he and McPhee share a common background with the Vancouver Canucks. McPhee had been the director of hockey operations in Vancouver before he was hired in Washington. This makes McPhee a good fit for Calgary.
Whether or not Washington made a good move letting George McPhee go depends upon who they hire as their next GM. It is possible to hire a better GM, but McPhee is a more than competent NHL GM. Washington certainly can do worse than have George McPhee as general manager. I hope they have a plan to replace him with a top choice. I suspect they don't and at this point they have no clue who will be their next general manager and there is a good chance he will not be any better than McPhee and may be significantly worse.
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