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Topic - Dick Patrick
They will replace former general manager George McPhee, whose contract was not renewed after 14 seasons with the organization, and former coach Adam Oates, who lasted just two seasons.
On Monday, owner Ted Leonsis and team president Dick Patrick promoted Brian MacLellan to the general manager's position and hired veteran NHL coach Barry Trotz to be the man behind the bench. The pair are charged with returning Washington to prominence after it missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2007.
With Jim Benning set to take the job in Vancouver, the Capitals' list of potential general managers may be narrowing down to a few candidates.
Capitals owner Ted Leonsis promised a thorough review of his organization after it missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2008. Over the course of 11 days, Leonsis and team president Dick Patrick did exactly that.
Capitals general manager George McPhee will not have his contract renewed and coach Adam Oates has been fired, the organization announced on Saturday morning. McPhee was the third-longest tenured general manager in the NHL, serving in his position since 1997.
Whatever was said in those exit interviews, it was enough to cost George McPhee and Adam Oates their jobs. More here from CSN Insider Chuck Gormley.
Watch as Ted Leonsis describes the process of the decision to fire Adam Oates and decline to renew George McPhee.
General manager George McPhee and coach Adam Oates lost their jobs with the Washington Capitals on Saturday, about two weeks after the team failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Patrick said it would be nice to have a new general manager in place before the June 27-28 NHL draft in Philadelphia but said it is more likely that position will be filled following the draft and that the Caps have the people in place – namely himself, assistant general manager Don Fishman and scouting director Russ Mahoney -- to handle the draft without bringing in a new general manager.
"It's not something we're a slave to," Patrick said, "because the organization is set up that we can handle the draft without bringing in anyone new."