Found April 26, 2014 on DC Sports-Kings:
The Washington Capitals announced on Saturday morning that the team will not renew the contact of vice president and general manager George McPhee, and has fired head coach Adam Oates. This ends a 17-year run for McPhee, who took over as GM in the 1997-1998 season. Under his general management, the Caps won seven division titles and the franchise made its only Stanley Cup appearance. From the statement put out by the Caps: “George has been a terrific, longtime executive for our franchise, and I’m grateful for his commitment to the Capitals organization for the past 17 years,” [Ted] Leonsis said. “Under his leadership the Capitals won seven division titles, twice were the top team in the Eastern Conference, earned a Presidents’ Trophy and competed in the playoffs 10 times. He was a highly effective manager who is extremely well regarded within our organization and around the NHL. We have the utmost respect for him and his family and wish them nothing but the very best.” While the team had great success in the regular season under McPhee, his legacy will likely be a continued inability to make it past the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Oates, who coached the team for two seasons had a .572 winning percentage as head coach of the Caps. We are also appreciative of Adam’s efforts and thank him for his devotion, work ethic and contributions to the Capitals the past two seasons. He is a smart, tactical coach who improved the performance of several of our players. He is a Hall of Fame player who we believe will be a longtime coach in the NHL. We will help him in whatever way we are able and wish him well. After a disappointing ’13-’14 season that saw the Caps miss the playoffs for the first time since ’06-’07, it was clear that a front office shakeup was in order. According to Saturday’s statement, Leonsis said, “This is an important time for our organization, and I feel a change is needed in order to get us back to being a top echelon team that competes for the Stanley Cup.” Follow us on Twitter: @DCSportsKings Ben_Lasky

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