Photo: Jacquelyn Martin
Today was a weird day. I’ve run into George McPhee many times, both as a tiny Caps fan and as an adult blogger. I really like him. And I loved Adam Oates as a player.
But, obviously, the Washington Capitals needed a change – the trade requests and the revolving door of coaches suggested serious dysfunction in the organization. Today, majority owner Ted Leonsis and team president Dick Patrick hit the reset button, firing GMGM and Oates.
While some readers are openly celebrating the firings (which I totally get), this is also a painful moment for the people involved– most notably Leonsis and Patrick, whose decisions led the team down this path.
Both men spoke to the media on Saturday and you could tell it was not a press conference they enjoyed.
There wasn’t a lot of news in their words, but their faces spoke volumes.
Ted describes the synergy he’d like the new GM and coach to have.
Dick Patrick stares into the middle distance.
Ted smiles. Dick does not compute smile.