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MacLellan basically pulled a Costanza to get the Caps job

May 27, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

Remember this scene from Seinfeld?

If not, watch it. Because no joke, it sounds like Brian MacLellan got the job as Capitals general manager by treating Washington owner Ted Leonsis the same way George treated Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

At today’s introductory press conference, Leonsis told the tale of how the Caps decided to promote MacLellan from within the organization, as opposed to hiring a fresh set of eyes from outside.

According to Leonsis, MacLellan was “the most negative of the interviews” for GM, and even gave Leonsis a list of things that ownership needed to do better.

Leonsis was impressed with MacLellan’s “authentic” and “straightforward” approach, as well as his courage to tell people “what they don’t want to hear.”

So he hired him.

Now, about that Semyon Varlamov trade…

  1. JoeAvg - May 27, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Hummmm. If there’s any truth to what we’ve heard so far, anybody want to start a pool on how long this marriage lasts?

  2. strictlythedanks - May 27, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Maclellan is also prepared to upgrade to breathable cotton jerseys

    • bruceeff - May 27, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      And take naps under his desk.

      • kaptaanamerica - May 27, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        I’ve done that before, Lols…

    • elvispocomo - May 27, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      It’s a natural fibre!

  3. ironyisadeadscene - May 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    so yeah, good luck with that

  4. 7mantel - May 27, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Will they be eating calzones at Teds desk?

  5. govtminion - May 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    He was “the most negative of the interviews”.

    So… that means he sucked less than the others? That’s a really backhanded compliment, the way it comes across. Wow.

    • drewsylvania - May 27, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      I think it means MacLellan voiced more criticism of the org/Leonsis than the others…

  6. cweez2 - May 27, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    McClellan could be a hell of an asset when it comes time to trade him for an all chicken concessions. Instead of hot dogs, chicken dogs. Instead of beer, alcoholic chicken!

    • cweez2 - May 27, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      MacClellan. I guess I could get his name right if I’m going to insult him.

  7. joey4id - May 27, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    MacLellan will be the puppet for Ted Leonsis. The owner made sure to hire someone with no experience as a builder so he can maintain control. One of MacLellan’s priorities will be to make sure Leonsis’ biggest on ice investment is protected, and sheltered. It’s not a great day if your a Caps fan.

    • 7mantel - May 27, 2014 at 1:57 PM


    • bmoreredfury311 - May 27, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      Your such an idiot. Why do you even comment, when you have nothing of substance to bring to the conversation. Troll, every caps article, same stupid crap.
      Time will tell. As a Caps fan, im happy to hear that he spoke his mind and told Ted what he needed to hear. I hope he brings that character and passion to the locker. GO CAPS!

      • joey4id - May 27, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        Why don’t you tell me how you really feel about my comments? 😉

        I do think my comment has more substance than “Time will tell. As a Caps fan, im happy to hear that he spoke his mind and told Ted what he needed to hear. I hope he brings that character and passion to the locker. GO CAPS!”

        Here’s some substance specifically for you. You’re welcome!
        It’s “you’re such an idiot” not “your such an idiot”. Not bad for an idiot. Eh!

        “You’re is a contraction of you are. It has no other uses. This is a 100% rule. If you cannot expand it to you are in your sentence, then it is wrong.”

        “The word your sits before another word (usually a noun or a pronoun) to show that it belongs to “you” (e.g., your car, your arm), is of “you” (e.g., your picture, your photograph) or is related to “you” (e.g., your uncle).”

  8. crazemastercraze - May 27, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    The 9,832,724th example that being rich doesn’t automatically make you a super genius.

  9. digbysellers - May 27, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Attention Leonsis and front office moron’s! Your triumphs mean nothing. You all stink!

  10. Wineshard - May 27, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Is he going to the exact opposite of his instincts?

  11. cliffatola - May 27, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Yet another chapter in the soap opera that is the book on The Washington Capitals, cannot wait to see what happens with Ovi and Trotz. I suspect another NHL retirement will be forthcoming after this upcoming season for a Russian to bolt to the KHL, he might even take that overrated Yakupov kid with him.

  12. Slapshot - May 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    The Caps will continue to be the San Jose Sharks of the East.

  13. tdl23ca - May 27, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Classic observation!

  14. 2qswing - May 27, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Did he ask if he could have sex with the cleaning lady on his desk?

  15. canucks30 - May 27, 2014 at 4:14 PM

  16. ducksk - May 27, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Well played Brian. Well played.

  17. janneywheels - May 27, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Has anyone noticed this guy’s a spittin image or George’s boss, Mr. Kruger?

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