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Washington Capitals Let GM George McPhee Go

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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bigdee89's avatar

Wasn’t this already posted?

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 04/27/14 at 12:26 AM ET

shazam88's avatar

Wasn’t this already posted?

Not with this level of insight.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 04/27/14 at 01:37 AM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

eh? Typical tpsh anyways.  Should be used to it by now.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 04/27/14 at 02:22 AM ET

Iggy_Rules's avatar

If memory serves me correctly, McPhee succeeded Burke as Director of Hockey Operations in Vancouver when Burke went to be GM in Hartford. McPhee had already left to join Washington when Burke returned to Vancouver to be GM. I don’t believe they worked together for any period of time.

Is this the best evidence you have for McPhee becoming the new GM in Calgary? While I will admit that anything is possible, I don’t believe it is likely. Has McPhee ever shown a preference for the “truculent” players that Burke is so fond of? It appears McPhee has shown a preference for highly skilled players that are cut from a more European cloth than the bruising power forwards that Burke seems to prefer (look at what he built in Anaheim).

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 04/27/14 at 08:21 AM ET

shanetx's avatar

Burke was also responsible for drafting the towering twin terrors of truculence in Vancouver; Henrik and Daniel Sedin. 

I think he understands the need for skill as well.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 04/27/14 at 10:04 AM ET

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