Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke got fired before the season started. Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson just got the short haircut as new team president John Davidson continued the franchise overhaul.
Will Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee be the next NHL executive to pay for his team’s poor play?
He selected Adam Oates to replace Dale Hunter as head coach and the move proved disastrous. Oates brought the New Jersey schemes from his stint as a Devils assistant coach – and the Capitals struggled with the Xs and Os.
Washington won just two of its first 11 games before mustering a three-game wining streak. Sunday night’s 2-1 loss to the Rangers underscored the team’s early season crisis.
The Ottawa Sun notes that the beleaguered McPhee is eager to acquire near-term help via a trade. So he might be willing to part with the rights to top prospects Filip Forsberg and/or Evgeny Kuznetsov make something happen.
Of course, more than a few pundits suggested the time had come to move moody winger Alex Ovechkin. But it is hard to imagine owner Ted Leonsis signing off on that.
More likely he would see a new direction for his hockey operation. McPhee better hit the right buttons, and quickly.