In a radio appearance Tuesday afternoon, Ted Leonsis more or less affirmed George McPhee’s job security and said coach Bruce Boudreau’s fate was up to the general manager.
Leonsis, appearing on 106.7 The Fan, did not come out and said either would certainly be back next season but when pressed on McPhee being back replied, “Yeah.
Earlier in the interview, Leonsis said: “They’re under contract and they have my support. But I said on my blog, and I’m a fan, too, and I felt everybody’s pain. But I do think the right way to do things is not make any decisions out of emotion, and making a decision less than a week after you’ve been eliminated and swept out of the playoffs is bad.”
That refrain was repeated throughout, with Leonsis asking for time to evaluate everyone in the organization after the Capitals’ second-round exit via sweep.
“I think what we have to do is just be honest with ourselves and take a look at what did we accomplish, what was really good, how did the coaching staff do, how did the players do and kinda let the fog and the pain go,” he said.
Questioned about Boudreau, Leonsis said: “Well, it’s George’s call. “George was asked that question.”
And McPhee’s reply last week?
“I expect him to be back. He’s a good coach. Someone said he’s not a playoff coach; there’s no difference between a playoff coach and a regular-season coach. You’re either a good coach or you’re not. He’s a good coach.”
McPhee, if it is indeed his call, is unlikely to get rid of Boudreau, who has the best points percentage (.659) of any NHL coach with at least 250 games’ worth of experience. Sources with knowledge of the situation said they expected Boudreau to be safe.
Officially, multiple team spokesmen said the organization would not comment on the job securities of employees.