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Good evening everyone! Today, we have the first part of a two part chat with Ted Starkey, who covers the NHL and the Washington Capitals for SBNation and an assortment of other sites. At least it feels like it. Ted is also an author and has written the critically acclaimed books "Red Rising" and "Transition Game".  Mr. Starkey has had his pulse on the Capitals for quite some time. He has probably seen it all in Washington and without further fanfare, here is Part One of our "Q&A". ================================================================ 1. What went wrong this season with the Capitals?   Several factors contributed to the Capitals' struggles, most prominently in the defensive corps. Washington's used 14 different defensemen this season, most of the time filling the bottom three spots on defense. As a result of the constant turnover, the Caps' defense featured either over-the-hill players or some not ready for the ...

Handling Alex Ovechkin

from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington, “I’m not the general manager,” Leonsis said. “If a general manager comes [to us] with something, we would listen to the general manager. But I’m not the general manager.” One player who will most certainly come up during the Capitals’ search for a new general manager is 28-year-old captain Alex Ovechkin, a future Hall of...

REPORT: Capitals interested in Gretzky for GM role

Gretzky and Leonsis share box seats at the Capitals v. Canadiens game at Verizon Center. Despite the Capitals finishing 5th in the Metropolitan and falling short of a wild card spot in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, it caught many by surprise to hear head coach Adam Oates was relieved of his position with a year still left on his contract. Oates’ firing was shortly followed by...

Exit interviews sealed fates of McPhee, Oates

Oh, to be a fly on the wall of those exit interviews conducted by Ted Leonsis over the past two weeks. For the first time in his 14 years as owner of the Capitals, Leonsis closed the door behind him and, along with Capitals president Dick Patrick, asked members of the Capitals to speak their minds. Completely confidential and completely unfiltered. “When we spoke to all of...

Grabovski and Kulemin in a packaged UFA Deal?

A packaged deal in pro sports is somewhat of a rare thing, but this summer Washington Capitals forward Mikhail Grabovski and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin may become available as a package, according to Michael Traikos of the National Post. Until Grabovski was bought out of his contract last summer, both him and Kulemin […]

Random NHL Thoughts - 4/29/14

RANDOM NHL THOUGHTS: 4/29/14 -General Manager George McPhee and Head Coach Adam Oates are out in Washington D.C. There is rumor that McPhee has ties and is a possibility to return to Vancouver for the vacant GM spot with the Canucks.  Trevor Linden is very familiar with McPhee from Linden's playing days with the Canucks.  McPhee would not be my first choice for hire, but...

George McPhee Was Mostly the Architect of an Identity Crisis

It wasn’t supposed to end like this. Ten years ago, gifted by the draft lottery gods, and with a young but battle-tested general manager presiding over a roster rebuild he’d already appropriately earned plaudits for, the Washington Capitals were supposed to be at the dawn of a period of unprecedented prosperity. I remember like it was yesterday the vibrant brilliance of early...

What Will Washington’s Front Office Look Like?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, ... the larger, unanswered question is whether the Caps will stick with a traditional NHL front-office model – McPhee was vice-president and GM for the past 17 years – or switch gears like the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Maple Leafs and hire someone as the head of hockey operations to select the new general manager and coach...

Video- George McPhee Reflects On His Time In Washington

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