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So… Who replaces McPhee in Washington?

Apr 26, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

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Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis (pictured) has some big decisions to make now that he’s not bringing back now former general manager George McPhee.

Finding a new GM is something the Capitals haven’t had to do since 1997 when McPhee was brought in and, fortunately for Leonsis, there are a lot of qualified people to choose from.’s Chuck Gormley ran down a list of names that immediately jumped to mind. Gormley’s list includes some names that came up during the Buffalo Sabres’ search for a new GM including Boston Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning and Nashville Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton. Former Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis is a curious name as is Tampa Bay Lightning assistant GM Julien Brisebois.

We ran down a list of other names when we took a look at who might be up for the Canucks GM position. Ones that stand out there include Canucks “capologist” Laurence Gilman, Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Jason Botterill, and San Jose Sharks assistant GM Joe Will.

One name to keep an eye on? Phoenix Coyotes assistant GM Brad Treliving. Treliving was also in on the Sabres job that ultimately went to Tim Murray and he along with Benning were virtual finalists for that position.

Don Maloney has done a great job with the Coyotes and Treliving’s experience working with him could provide the sort of blueprint Leonsis is looking for in Washington.

  1. lowenni - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    I would be most interested in Benning, the Bruins assistant GM. This team still has a solid core and I think the Caps need someone who has experience building a championship squad. Benning has that, and has spent the past few years competing at the top level as well.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Boston Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning, YES! that’s exactly what D.C needs, someone from a franchise that knows how to win. Or anyone in the Chicago franchise as well.

      • c9castine - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        wow you guys got it all figured out

  2. gbart22 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    If they are smart they will go with Treliving

  3. cadlow - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    If their smart they should trade ovechkin for a player that does more than hang out at the O-zone blue line. He may be a great individual talent but he is liability in a team sport.

    But hey what do I know. As a Bruins fan I hope they do nothing but keep changing coaches and front office personel.

    • joey4id - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      colleague cadlow, by your comment it’s easy to detect that you know hockey. It’s time to part ways and admit that he’s not worth the money he’s being paid.

      • c9castine - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:30 AM

        shocking that you agree with him, and have touched his shoulder with ye wand of hockey oracleness

        never saw it coming.

    • alexnewca - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      Yea trade the guy that made hockey in the DC area relevant again and has sold tickets for years now.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Well we all know Gretzky and Lemieux were known for their defensive prowess and that’s why they won multiple Cups.

    • stakex - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Want to hear a funny stat? Sidney Crosby, someone everyone considers to be a great two way player, was on the ice for 51 goals against at even strength this year. Ovechkin was on the ice for 60 against. A sizable gap, but not nearly as huge as I’m sure you expected it to be.

      So, want to know why Ovi actually has a missive +/- and Crosby doesn’t despite only being on the ice for 9 more goals against at even strength? Its pretty simple, and it has nothing to do with Ovechkins defense….. his line mates were terrible this year.

      All told, Ovechkin was only on the ice for 34 even strength goals… of which he scored 24. That means Ovechkin’s line mates only scored TEN even strength goals all season. Crosby by comparison was on the ice for 69 even strength goals for, more than double Ovechkin. Crosby only scored 22 of those…. meaning his line mates scored 47 goal at even strength against Ovechkins 10. Its so bad, Ovechkins line mates actually had more even strength goals in short season last year, than they did all this season.

      Throw in eight short handed goals against, and you get the reason for Ovi’s +/-… and its not defense related at all. Oh, and before you say “Well its because Ovechkin isn’t a play maker, that’s why he line mates don’t score!”…. its actually because his line mates had an ES shooting percentage of under 3% this year, a third less than a season ago when it was just over 10%.

      So play him up as a terrible defensive player all you want, because the numbers say that his line needs more offense…. not defense.

      • joey4id - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Everyone considers Sidney a great two way player???? Yeah! Right! Toews is a great two way player. Not Crosby.

      • stakex - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        Ok well Towes was on the ice for 45 ES goals against (though he did play three less games than Ovechkin) and was on the ice for 65 ES goals scored…. of which his line mates scored 45. So in that example Towes line mates scored 35 more goals than Ovechkin’s…. which means Ovi would have been even if his line mates had similar production.

        Another thing that should be pointed out is that when Ovechkin was on the ice, the Caps goaltenders had a terrible S%… around .900, when the league average is about .920. Add it all up and the only thing you can gather from Ovechkin’s +/- is that its a pointless stat that doesn’t really tell you anything. That’s why most teams don’t even both keeping track of it, or use their own version when evaluating players.

      • joey4id - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        How do does numbers add up for Bergeron? How about Datsyuk he won the Selke?

      • stakex - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        Well Datsyuk only played 45 games…. but he was on the ice for 31 goals against in those, which would be 55.76 goals extrapolated over an entire season. Again though, in those 45 games Datsyuk was on the ice for 34 goals for….. the same amount Ovechkin was on the ice for the entire season. Bergeron was only on the ice for 29 goals against at even strength…. but Boston is a special case this season.

        No matter how you look at it, Ovechkin’s line mates simply failed to score at all this year. That’s why he lead the league in +/-. In case anyone is wondering, these numbers come from… a great stat site for hockey.

  4. crazemastercraze - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    It would be hilarious if they hired Gillis

  5. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Yes the best thing for the caps to do is get rid of the league leading goal scorer. That will help their D big time since he was the main culprit on D…

    • cadlow - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      No skin off my nose. Yup keep the leading goal score and play golf in may. Works for me.
      Here’s a thought package him for a real D player and probably even multiple draft picks to build a real “team”.

  6. jrocknstuff - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Rutherford is stepping down in Carolina, wink wink. Kidding. Although he did win a cup and we never will. Personally, I like Boterill.

  7. cliffatola - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    This team needs to also make one trade to shake that locker room up, Mike Green comes to mind here. I’d think Marc Crawford would be a nice fit as a coach for this team, he has won and also had “superstar” caliber players on his roster. Oates overthinks the game a bit, I recently read an article where Joel Ward was saying that he had changed the length and curve of his stick and the proof is there that Oates was right just look at Ward’ numbers this year. In my opinion that is what makes a great assistant coach, you cannot run the whole team while paying that much attention to that small of a detail. Any GM they hire should be coming from a team that is a perennial winner, an assistant out of Boston, Detroit or some other team that constantly is thought of as a Cup contender not just a playoff team would be a great idea and Gillis is not a good idea for those that are saying his name. The other thing they can do with this shakeup is strip all of the captains and alternates of the letters on their jerseys and announce that they are up for grabs to the players who prove worthy.

    • alexnewca - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Preach my friend. I wish we could bring Oates back as an assistant. I think he would make a great assistant coach, but his micromanagement isn’t good for a head coach position.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      I like everything your saying. Very good insight, just hope the powers to be see it as well.

  8. westof1club - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    I love the Ovi hate. Folks that have no affiliation to the Caps have a fascination with hating the guy. I guess being hands down, unquestionably, the BEST goal scorer in the game, AND a Russian national have gotten both Canadians and Americans so upset they use this forum to bash him. Guess what? He’ll continue to dominate the goal scoring race, Stanley Cup or no, and you can copy and paste your drivel for the next 5 years. Yawn.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      I’m not a Caps fan but I also find it interesting, even more so when these same people will be praising Crosby nonstop despite the fact that he’s achieved pretty much nothing in the NHL in the last 5 years. They’ll praise Crosby’s work ethic and the fact that he “just wills his team to win” while openly ignoring the fact that his team is annually considered the most talented in the NHL and every year they underachieve. They’ll then quickly point to the last two Olympics, again willfully ignoring the fact that he was downright bad in 2010, outside of the final goal, and was mostly invisible in this year’s version, although I will concede he played well in the final game.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        I’m curious why you consider a Stanley Cup, MVPs, Ross Trophy, etc accomplishing nothing?

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        I clearly stated last 5 years, Stanley Cup was won in 2009, this year he did win his second Art Ross trophy and the media will fall all over themselves to give him his second Hart trophy (previous to both being 2007) so I’ll give him credit for both of those, BUT people often talk Crosby up while talking Ovechkin down, the fact is individually Ovechkin has done a lot more in the NHL and in the last 5 years both have had their team’s underachieve come playoff time.

      • bmoreredfury311 - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        Right on! say what you will about Ovi. But hes damn good and just like the other super stars they are human and make mistakes.

        Wheres Giroux, Malkin, Nash, and Crosby been all playoffs?

  9. vbcaps - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:35 PM


  10. whammy71 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Wait about 3 weeks, maybe less……and the Crapitals could probably get a package deal on Ray Shero and Disco Dan Bylsma.

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