from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,
Among the many big picture plans he made upon becoming general manager of the NHL’s new Las Vegas team—a blueprint for the org chart, lists of candidates for front-office positions, a schedule for upcoming amateur scouting events, to name several—George McPhee forgot all about employee benefits. “That’s the one thing I overlooked,” he says. “Are we going with 401ks or some sort of pension or à la carte? These people are moving to Vegas. How are they doing it? Are we covering their expenses? Are we putting them up in a hotel until they can find a house? Things of that nature, people have to know.”
As T-Mobile Arena installed its first sheet of ice and the sparks of an expansion franchise have begun shooting from the dessert dust, these matters have become increasingly important. The first big hire after McPhee—assistant GM Kelly McCrimmon—was finalized last weekend, bringing aboard a longtime junior hockey executive whom McPhee calls both “experienced” and “a rising star.” Five more contracts have been signed to fill various high-level roles, McPhee told SI.com via telephone, including a salary cap expert, a director of hockey operations, a director of player development, and an organizational goalie director. He hopes that directors of pro and amateur scouting will be found within the week.
“We’re just announcing them as they start rolling into the office,” McPhee says. “We’re doing pretty well. Everything is falling into place.”