NHL notebook: Capitals part ways with GM McPhee, coach Oates
WASHINGTON — General manager George McPhee and coach Adam Oates lost their jobs with the Capitals on Saturday after the team failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
McPhee's contract was up, and the team announced it will not give him a new one after his 17 years as the GM, which included drafting Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom in the first round.
Oates was fired with one season left on his three-year contract. A former star player for the Capitals, he was in his first job as an NHL head coach.
Washington finished one spot out of a playoff berth.
“You have to do something to pivot the team to be an ongoing strong team,” Leonsis said.
Stars forward fined
Stars forward Ryan Garbutt was fined $1,474 — the maximum allowable — by the NHL for spearing Ducks forward Corey Perry in the groin Friday night.
Garbutt was given a major penalty for spearing and a game misconduct midway through the first period in the Stars' 6-2 loss at Anaheim.
“I was just coming back to the bench and got careless with my stick,” Garbutt said.
“It wasn't an accident,” said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. “It was pretty dirty.”
Alfredsson mulls future
Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson was noncommittal about his future after Detroit was eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoffs, according to NHL.com.
“I'll take some time and settle down and start the process from there,” he said.
Alfredsson signed a one-year contract worth $3.5 million with Detroit after spending the first 17 years of his career with the Senators. He had 18 goals and 31 assists in 68 games for the Red Wings.
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