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On the hot seat: McPhee will ‘talk in a couple of days’

Apr 14, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT

George McPhee AP

With speculation running rampant about his future as Washington’s general manager, George McPhee declined today to speak at length with reporters, saying only that he’d “talk in a couple of days.”

It could be a pivotal “couple of days” for the franchise.

Last week, after the Caps were eliminated from playoff contention, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis promised to “conduct a comprehensive review of what transpired this year.” McPhee has already met once with Leonsis and club president Dick Patrick. There will be another meeting shortly.

Meanwhile, it’s likely McPhee will continue to hear his name floated in connection to GM openings in Calgary and Vancouver, such is the speculation that his contract with the Caps will not be renewed.

Head coach Adam Oates is also thought to be on the hot seat, even though captain Alex Ovechkin has said he’d like Oates back behind the bench next season.

Stay tuned for what should be an interesting offseason in DC.

Related: Has McPhee’s ‘adversarial relationship with player agents’ cost the Caps?

  1. ravenscaps48 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    On one hand, I feel bad for GMGM because I feel that he did assemble a great core of players to build around and the supporting cast underachieved for him… On the other hand, I feel that he could have done a better job assembling a bearer supporting cast, avoided some bad contract extensions (Looking at YOU, Mike Green) and he could have made a better effort by getting a defense through Draft and Free Agency.

    I wish him the best of luck wherever he goes. But it’s definitely time for a change here in DC. I just hope it gets better and not worse.

    • jaguar0413 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      I agree with you. McPhee has assembled a core of talent that should be successful, but it IS time for him to go. The biggest problem with the supporting cast is that the coaches didn’t figure out how to play them properly. Why was Eric Fehr healthy scratched throughout November? Why wasn’t Martin Erat played in the top six? Why wasn’t Dustin Penner played in the top six? Why were Steve Oleksy and Nate Schmidt sent down and John Erskine and Connor Carrick allowed to play? These are all coaching decisions that dramatically affected the team. McPhee constructed a roster that was totally different than what the coaches had in mind.

      If the roster pieces were utilized properly (i.e. given the correct amount of ice time, played with the proper line mates, put in a system to maximize their talents and minimize their weaknesses), people might be surprised how much better this team would have performed. There’s no way they win a Stanley Cup, but they would have made the playoffs easily (possibly as a two seed in the Metro division).

      In the end, this is what you get when you hire yet another first time head coach. McPhee should never have hired Oates for this team. He should have gotten a veteran coach (like Bob Hartley or Paul Maurice) or a successful AHL coach (like Jon Cooper). This decision is what should cost him his job.

      • patthehockeyfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        I’ll get thumbs down for this; but, I don’t care.

        I’ve read several / many of jaguar0413’s comments. They’re all sound, rational and reasonable.

        I think jaguar should coach. :)

      • barkar942 - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        Martin Erat wasn’t given top six minutes because that would have put him on the ice and he would have had more time to score….. on Holtby! lol

  2. har21441 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    The good news is that they are not any worse than they have been – they just don’t have the south east division to beat up on anymore.

  3. restohpens - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Of course Ovi wants him behind the bench again, he just put up 50 goals and didn’t have to responsible for anything else!

    • m1k3g - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      The reaction to your comment speaks volumes about how Caps fans see their franchise.

      It’s really amazing to me how Caps fans still don’t get it.

  4. goalieguy37 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    the caps need to take the ‘c’ off the number 8 jersey….

  5. jdvalk - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    He’s gone, if only because Ted won’t have to fire him but will just not re-sign him, thus keeping his image as the antithesis of Dan Snyder. Too bad he shows again and again that’s his priority over building a winner and utilizing Ovie’s prime to accomplish that.

  6. kantnockdahustle89 - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Caps need to avoid hiring former players as people in the system. GMGM did a decent job during his time there and they came close for two years there. He has failed to assemble any toughness on the back end which could compliment their potent offense. Time to clean house of former Caps players and their losing tradition. Get fresh eyes on a still amazingly talented team. Still curious what Hunter could have done…

    • bmoreredfury311 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Hunter for GM 2014-2015

      • cliffatola - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Hunter won’t come back if he is smart.

  7. vbcaps - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Get rid of him and Oates and hire trotz ASAP !

    • cliffatola - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      There would be a mutiny on the team if they brought Trotz to DC.

      • har21441 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        While you are probably right, Trotz is exactly what this team needs – an established coach that understands how to use defense successfully.

        But – this would mean that all players on the caps would need to play responsible defense with a balanced offense, and they just do not seem capable of anything other than a run and gun style approach.

  8. billiam55 - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    buy out Ovi for some defense. how many games have they lost this season thanks to their defense.?

    • cdalton2690 - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      not as many as he scored.

      • valoisvipers - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:05 AM

        -34 or there about.

  9. cliffatola - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    There comes a time when an organization just needs to make some changes and this is certainly the case in DC. McPhee has also made several questionable draft picks in my opinion, picking Fehr right before Anaheim drafted Ryan Getzlaf in 2003, both of his 2005 first round picks were busts in Finley and Pokulok, using a 1st rd pick on Jeff Schultz in 2004 and in 2008 when he used a first round pick to draft Anton Gustafsson in the same draft that the Oilers took Jordan Eberle. Hiring Oates as the head coach is turning out to be a questionable one too, he spent time working on his skillset as an assistant coach in New Jersey and seemed to be ready but it appears he isn’t. They are stuck with Ovechkin and his 10m a season contract and him stating that he would like to have Oates back as the coach is a sign that he should probably be sent packing.

  10. websurferdude - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    When the caps moved back into the Patrick division, oh I mean the metropolitan division and what wins there is defense, I agree GM did put together a good team and a high flying offense in the southeast division the one thing they lacked was defense. Defense will win games and help you keep a lead especially in the metropolitan league. Every player needs to play hard and needs to play defense and Ovie is no exception to that rule. How many times have we seen him just float in the defensive zone and let skaters streak by him (Dallas game) man that sickens me but when he does show up to play and hits and scores that’s the captain we all want to see. Maybe it’s time for him to go so that the other players can shoot the puck and not wait for Ovie to show up and pass to. You shut down Ovie you’ll beat the caps period. Is there a team out there that will pick up his $11 million per year contract. For that much money you can get three players that will give you at least 20+ goals per year plus a couple more good d-men. Also Mike Green has to go as well, you crowd him in the corner and he will cough up the puck. Oh yea Brian leach has to go to, he can’t stay healthily. The past two and half years he’s been hurt, he’s got to go. Give the “C” to Troy. But defiantly get rid of GM.

  11. beergold - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    He will really have his hands full when no nads Ovechkin tells him he is retiring and heads to the KHL next year!

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