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Wittman isn't the most exciting or alluring coach. He isn't flashy or snazzy. But he eliminated the nonsense and instilled a gritty toughness, forging a team mindset that actually takes pride in defense.
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.
Talk about a safe choice for GM. I'm surprised Ted Leonsis didn't just hire George McPhee back and ask him to change his name and wear a disguise. At least he didn't just give the job to Ernie Grunfeld.
Brian MacLellan got emotional when asked how he'll be different than former general manager and good friend George McPhee.
Being the assistant general manager for player personnel, he already knew the organization inside and out. That provided him a clear vision of what the Caps needed to get back into Stanley Cup contention. "I didn't think I had anything to lose," MacLellan said.
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.
After missing the playoffs for the first time in seven years, the Washington Capitals hired former Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz and promoted Brian MacLellan to general manager on Monday.
Those empty seats were created in 2010, when Leonsis bought the team and did nothing to show fans that the man in charge, whose personnel decisions and coddling atmosphere set the stage for the Gilbert Arenas debacle, would be leaving. Instead, Leonsis embraced general manager Ernie Grunfeld.
Despite the excitement of making the playoffs and beating the Chicago Bulls, Washington has yet to reach championship-caliber status. Likewise, the team's architec, has yet to prove he's the right person to get the team there.