Ted Leonsis may have remained relatively mum on the future of his head basketball coach and Wizards general manager, but he was far less reserved about why he felt it was time for change in not renewing Capitals GM George McPhee, and firing coach Adam Oates.
George McPhee says he could sense the Washington Capitals were going to get rid of him as general manager, but he thinks the team is set up to reach the Stanley Cup finals “sometime in the next three years.”
The Washington Capitals have fired coach Adam Oates and will not renew the contract of general manager George McPhee after failing to make the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2007.
The Washington Capitals have not made any changes immediately after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Allan Walsh, the agent to Capitals goalie Jaroslav Halák, issuing a statement in response to coach Adam Oates telling reporters
Maybe Capitals coach Adam Oates’ job is even in jeopardy after five straight defeats and nine in the last 11 games.
The Capitals reach the midway point of their season with tonight’s home game with Carolina. At 20-15-5, Washington is second in the Metropolitan Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference.
One could say the Capitals 6-4 defeat to the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks was a disappointing way to start the 2013-14 season, but head coach Adam Oates took a more positive approach with the narrow loss, telling his players it just proves they can play with the best in the world.
Ilya Kovalchuk’s sudden retirement from the NHL shocked the entire hockey world, along with the Devils, and if rumors prove to be true that he’ll sign with the KHL, it could create distrust in future Russian stars, especially as it relates to long-term contracts.
New York has relieved John Tortorella of his duties after more than four seasons as head coach of the Rangers, WFAN’s Mike Francesa says.