NHL plus-minus spokesman and hair model Alex Ovechkin speaks for the final time this year. (Photos by Chris Gordon)
Monday was an odd day at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. We entered the day expecting to Adam Oates and George McPhee shed some light of their respective fates — or at least try to defend their time here.
Instead, we got an awkward stand-off with reporters. Within minutes of a spokesman announcing that McPhee would not be meeting the media, the general manager walked out to an area clearly visible to reporters. He chose to hold court with Connor Carrick in front of the entire Capitals press corps before reiterating that he would not speak today.
McPhee’s job — if he doesn’t leave of his own volition — is now in the hands Caps owner Ted Leonsis, who has never fired a general manager.
There were, however, other things that happened at Kettler on Monday: Jay Beagle got asked what he thought of Jay Beagle centering Alex Ovechkin, Dustin Penner ignored reporters to play with his phone, and Brooks Laich said that he really, really, really believes he’s healthy again.
Below, take a look at some of my photos from the day.
Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski files a story from the floor.
Braden Holtby talks about his struggles, needs a haircut.
Sick nonverbal action from Brooks Laich.
Big surprise, but Ovi just happens to be wearing a Nike shirt.
On the right: beach bum Connor Carrick.
Mike Green, looking very urban chic.
Adam Oates speaks the media for perhaps the final time.
He doesn’t seem worried.
Okay, maybe he seems worried.
Not awkward at all.