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Video: ‘Obviously I did something right,’ says McPhee

Apr 28, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

George McPhee’s “only regret” is that the Washington Capitals never won a Stanley Cup while he was general manager.

But that doesn’t mean the franchise didn’t take significant strides under his leadership.

“Obviously I did something right because we won a lot of division titles and everything else,” McPhee said. “It’s a great hockey market. The building’s full. And I really think we’ve treated people right. Treated their families right. It’s been a wonderful place to live and work.”

Granted, Alex Ovechkin was the major reason the Caps went from one of the NHL’s afterthoughts to one of its most high-profile clubs. And for McPhee’s critics, it was Washington’s inability to get past the second round of the playoffs during the Ovechkin era that made a change in management necessary.

“Am I disappointed? I was terminated, of course,” McPhee said, per CSN Washington. “But it’s not the end of the world. I’ve had worse days in my life. I’ve got lots to be thankful for and my family’s got lots to be thankful for and lots to look forward to.”

As for the future of the Capitals in the post-McPhee era?

“I honestly believe they can win a Cup,” he said.

Related: So… Who replaces McPhee in Washington?

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    A team would do well to have McPhee on their scouting staff

  2. capsnbohs23 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Article on McPhee? Let the Ovi bashing begin…

  3. fivetozeroingame7 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    ha, haha, hahahahaha.

  4. westof1club - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Drafting the BEST goal scorer the league has seen in the modern era of hockey was a no brainier. The sold out Verizon Center kept GMGM employed, not his prowess as a GM. Squandering talent remains his true legacy.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      He did more than draft Ovechkin come on now, the Caps have actually drafted well during his tenure. He didn’t do anything else well, but he did make some pretty solid selections on draft day.

  5. joey4id - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    “I honestly believe they can win a Cup” What does that say about himself and the coaches he fired/hired? Who’s he throwing under the bus, and why is he putting this sort of pressure on the next coach and GM? Did Leonis ask him to say that to appease season ticket holders?

    • 7mantel - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      17 yrs as the GM, the team on paper is still his ,of course he going to say he believes they can win the cup !

  6. dsume001 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    To be clear (life long Caps fan here) he was a good GM and served well but a change was needed after a year that should never had happened or ended the way it did. He was solely responsible for this year and when you build up and achieve success, you can go backwards. There s a small group of elite hockey teams in the league and he managed to make a team that wasn’t that good or well known and make hockey exciting in DC. You can absolutely build around a star player. It happens all the time in the 3 other major league sports leagues. The Caps problem has not been Ovi but a sub-par blue line, bone head penalties, bad pairings and less than stellar or consistent goal tending. The new GM will need to take a serious look at who he has on the squad and seriously consider that most that the Caps fan love as a grit guys just aren’t that good. Fix that and keep them consistent and they can rebound.

  7. billiam55 - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    lol “won division titles”
    that division was a joke lets be real.

    • capsnbohs23 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      Yea how dare the caps get to pick who they want in their division

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