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|Posted: Sat Apr 26th, 2014 11:03 pm||
|The Washington Capitals just cleaned hose firing both Head Coach Adam Oates and GM George McPhee.
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 team announced the moves in a news release Saturday.
Oates, a former star player for the Capitals, had one season left on his three-year contract. This was his first job as a head coach.
"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," said Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis. "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."
McPhee's contract was up. He has been the GM of the team for 17 years, drafting Alex Ovechkin and Niklas Backstrom in the first round.
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," said Leonsis.
While Ovechkin has won three league MVP awards and again led the NHL in scoring this season with 51 goals, the Capitals haven't made it past the second round of the playoffs during the Russian wing's career.