Capitals Insider: George McPhee


Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 03/09/2014

Evgeny Kuznetsov ‘ready to play hard hockey’

The recently-signed forward skated at KCI Sunday and said he hopes to play Monday against Pittsburgh.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:09 PM ET, 03/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Evgeny Kuznetsov, George McPhee

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Martin Erat still wants the Capitals to trade him

With a week to go before the deadline, the veteran forward is still hoping to be traded.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:17 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, Martin Erat, Trade deadline

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 02/23/2014

Should NHL players continue to participate in the Olympics?

The debate on whether NHL players should continue playing in the Olympics is at full steam.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:07 PM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gary Bettman, George McPhee, Olympics, Pyeongchang 2018, Sochi 2014

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Capitals not counting on Evgeny Kuznetsov

Despite numerous signs that the first-round pick may finally arrive in North America this spring, GM George McPhee says that’s “not my expectation“.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:34 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Evgeny Kuznetsov, George McPhee, Prospects

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Alex Ovechkin’s father in stable condition after undergoing heart surgery

The Caps have told the star winger to stay with his family as long as he needs.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:40 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, George McPhee, Mikhail Ovechkin

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 02/03/2014

How much has inconsistent goaltending cost the Caps this season?

George McPhee said that the Capitals would have 10 more points with better goaltending this season.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:19 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, George McPhee, Goalies, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Capitals will not loan Tom Wilson to Team Canada for World Juniors

Tom Wilson will stay with the Capitals, rather than take part in the World Junior Championships in Sweden

By Katie Carrera  |  12:49 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, Tom Wilson, World Junior Championships

Posted at 07:49 AM ET, 11/27/2013

Capitals couldn’t find where Martin Erat fit

The Caps brought Martin Erat in when they needed a top-six forward because of injuries, but never found where he fit within a healthy roster.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:49 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, George McPhee, Martin Erat, Trades

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Capitals, Martin Erat will keep the status quo until a deal can be found

After his trade request, Martin Erat will continue practicing and, if needed, playing with the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, George McPhee, Joel Ward, Martin Erat, Trades

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 11/15/2013

George McPhee weighs in on potential changes to overtime format

The Caps’ general manager doesn’t want to see overtime extended or include a 3-on-3 format.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:20 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, NHL rules, Overtime

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 11/14/2013

George McPhee on Dmitry Orlov: ‘He’ll get his chance’

When will the defensive prospect appear in a game with the Capitals?

By Katie Carrera  |  07:05 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Dmitry Orlov, George McPhee, Hershey Bears, Roster moves

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 11/08/2013

Graham McPhee commits to same college coach as his dad

George McPhee’s son, Graham, commits to play for Boston College under Coach Jerry York, who coached the Caps GM three decades ago at Bowling Green.

By Barry Svrluga  |  03:03 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, Graham McPhee, Jerry York

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Capitals roster notes from George McPhee, Adam Oates as team enters final three preseason games

General Manager George McPhee and Coach Adam Oates discuss a number of subjects that offer a window into how they’ll shape the opening night roster.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:31 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps roster, George McPhee, Preseason, Tom Wilson, Training Camp, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Martin Erat to take a turn at center

Coach Adam Oates’s preseason of experimentation continues with Martin Erat taking a turn at center.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:57 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, George McPhee, Martin Erat, Preseason, Training Camp

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Adam Oates on Tom Wilson: ‘I would like to keep him around us’

Coach believes that bringing Tom Wilson to the NHL this year would address a need for grit and size.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:26 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, George McPhee, Preseason, Tom Wilson, Training Camp

Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 09/13/2013

George McPhee’s philosophy on bridge contracts for RFAs

As bridge contracts become more popular around the NHL, George McPhee shares his outlook and perspective on the latest one he completed less than a week ago for Marcus Johansson.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:14 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, Karl Alzner, Marcus Johanson, Restricted free agents

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Andre Burakovsky making the transition to North America

The change for greater ice time is a main reason why Caps prospect Andre Burakovsky decided to play in North America with the OHL's Erie Otters.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:23 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andre Burakovsky, George McPhee, Rookie camp

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Olie Kolzig ‘ready for the jump’ to head goalie coach

Olie Kolzig on what he's learned about coaching, the adjustments he plans to make to the Capitals' goaltending philosophy and more.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:23 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, Goaltenders, Olie Kolzig

Posted at 06:36 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Caps hope to sign Marcus Johansson before training camp opens

With a week remaining before training camp the Capitals have yet to sign restricted free agent forward Marcus Johansson.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:36 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, Marcus Johansson, Restricted free agents

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 09/04/2013

McPhee on Ovechkin and KHL: ‘I don’t imagine he’s going to want to go back anytime soon’ (updated)

Amid talk from KHL officials that Alex Ovechkin would want to go back to Russia, GM George McPhee says there's no doubt in his mind the Caps star winger wants to play in the NHL.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:58 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Dynamo Moscow, George McPhee, KHL

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 08/24/2013

Patient approach paid off for Caps with Mikhail Grabovski

The Capitals proved to be beneficiaries of the slow free agent market in the latter stages of summer, with the right mix of salary cap space and opportunity, to land Mikhail Grabovski.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:42 PM ET, 08/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, George McPhee, Mikhail Grabovski

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 07/13/2013

Garrett Haar leaving Western Michigan (updated)

Caps' prospect Garrett Haar has decided to leave college and play in the WHL for the Medicine Hat Tigers.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:26 PM ET, 07/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Development camp, garrett haar, George McPhee

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Karl Alzner: Free agents remain who can help Caps 'tremendously'

Defenseman Karl Alzner believes there are still free agents available on the market that can help the Capitals improve.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:46 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agency, George McPhee, Karl Alzner, offseason

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Tom Wilson taking summer of increased expectations in stride

Checking in with gritty winger Tom Wilson, who is hoping to challenge for a roster spot with the Capitals this fall.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:39 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Development camp, George McPhee, Michael Latta, Tom Wilson

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 07/09/2013

Michael Latta eager to make a strong impression with Caps

Michael Latta was only in town for one day of development camp but the 22-year-old prospect could contend for a spot on the NHL roster in September.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:04 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Development camp, George McPhee, Michael Latta

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 07/09/2013

George McPhee: Brooks Laich slotted as Capitals' second-line center

General Manager George McPhee says the Capitals plan to start next season with Brooks Laich as their second-line center.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:31 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, George McPhee, offseason

Posted at 12:45 AM ET, 07/01/2013

Vincent Lecavalier 'fits into our puzzle', Adam Oates says

Coach Adam Oates met with impending UFA Vincent Lecavalier Saturday and believes the veteran center would fit well with the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:45 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Free agency, George McPhee, offseason, Unrestricted free agents, Vincent Lecavalier

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Capitals 'would always match' offer sheets, McPhee says

General Manager George McPhee wants to maintain roster flexibility heading into draft and says Capitals' would match any offer sheet to their restricted free agents.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:15 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, offseason, Restricted free agents, Unrestricted free agents

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 06/25/2013

George McPhee not fond of compliance buyouts

A look at compliance buyouts, which Capitals General Manager George McPhee wishes the NHL didn't allow.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:51 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  compliance buyouts, George McPhee, offseason

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Capitals 'not interested' in trading Michal Neuvirth, McPhee says

General Manager George McPhee says the Capitals have no interest in trading Michal Neuvirth. But he's still penciled in as Braden Holtby's backup heading into next season.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:24 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, George McPhee, Goaltenders, Michal Neuvirth, offseason

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Blaine Forsythe to replace Tim Hunter as Caps assistant coach

Capitals video coach Blaine Forsythe will take on new responsibilities as an assistant coach behind the bench and replace Tim Hunter, who will not return to Washington.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:43 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Blaine Forsythe, coaching staff, George McPhee, Tim Hunter

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Tim Hunter unlikely to return as Caps assistant coach

The Capitals have granted Tim Hunter permission to seek employment elsewhere and it is unlikely he will return as an assistant coach in 2013-14.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:03 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, coaching staff, George McPhee, offseason, Tim Hunter

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 05/22/2013

Capitals season review: Goaltending

Braden Holtby anchored the Capitals for the bulk of the season, but GM George McPhee insists there is no hierarchy in net.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:46 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, George McPhee, Goalies, Michal Neuvirth, Season breakdown

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 05/20/2013

Should the Capitals re-sign Matt Hendricks?

Matt Hendricks has become an important part of the roster, but is there cap space to bring him back?

By Katie Carrera  |  10:11 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agency, George McPhee, Matt Hendricks, offseason, Unrestricted free agents

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 05/17/2013

Tom Wilson eager to make an impact for Caps

Tom Wilson made his NHL debut in the playoffs but that doesn't mean he's a lock to make the Capitals' opening-night roster next fall.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:07 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, offseason, Tom Wilson

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Alex Ovechkin played with fractured left foot in Games 6, 7 against Rangers

Caps winger played the final two games against the Rangers with a hairline fracture in his left foot.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:45 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Rangers, George McPhee, Injuries, Playoffs

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Capitals head into offseason with coaching stability

For the first time in three summers there is no question of who the Capitals' head coach will be in the upcoming season, what type of system they might play or how much leeway a bench boss might have. That stability should help them in the offseason.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:16 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, George McPhee, Jay Beagle, Mike Green, offseason

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 05/15/2013

George McPhee on playoff officiating: 'It sure didn't feel right'

General Manager George McPhee discusses the officiating in the Capitals' first-round series against New York. John Tortorella criticizes Capitals for "whining".

By Katie Carrera  |  02:25 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Rangers, George McPhee, John Tortorella, penalties, Playoffs

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 04/28/2013

Alex Ovechkin captures Rocket Richard Trophy

Alex Ovechkin captured his third career Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy as the NHL's leading goal scorer.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:26 PM ET, 04/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, George McPhee, Rocket Richard Trophy

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Uncertainty about Brooks Laich's groin injury cause for concern

Brooks Laich has missed four straight games and remains sidelined indefinitely by a lower body injury that is negatively impacting his groin injury.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:35 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, George McPhee, Groin injuries, Injuries, Mike Green

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Matt Hendricks plays through scratched cornea; Capitals send Nate Schmidt to Hershey

Matt Hendricks says he's "good" after playing with a scratched cornea and a few notes on the Capitals' recent roster moves to send several defensemen to Hershey.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:25 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, Hershey Bears, Matt Hendricks, Nate Schmidt, Roster moves, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 03/30/2013

George McPhee on Caps prospects Kuznetsov, Forsberg and Wilson

A breakdown of General Manager George McPhee's comments on top prospects Evgeny Kuznetsov, Filip Forsberg and Tom Wilson.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:55 PM ET, 03/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Evgeny Kuznetsov, Filip Forsberg, George McPhee, Prospects, Tom Wilson

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 02/09/2013

George McPhee on Michal Neuvirth, Braden Holtby: 'They can both play better'

General Manager George McPhee says the Capitals needs better performances from goaltenders Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:40 PM ET, 02/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, George McPhee, Goaltenders, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 02/09/2013

Injury updates on Brooks Laich, Dmitry Orlov and Jack Hillen

General Manager George McPhee offers updates on the injury status of Brooks Laich, Dmitry Orlov and Jack Hillen.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:15 AM ET, 02/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Dmitry Orlov, George McPhee, Injuries, Jack Hillen

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 02/08/2013

GM George McPhee singles out Caps' goaltenders, criticizes 'undisciplined' play

A few notable comments from General Manager George McPhee on the state of the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:15 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, Ted Leonsis

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 01/18/2013

Tom Poti could return in Caps season opener Saturday

General Manager George McPhee said it's possible Tom Poti plays in the Capitals season opener at Tampa Bay Saturday.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:18 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, Tom Poti, Training Camp

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 01/13/2013

Brooks Laich 'not quite ready to go'

A nagging groin injury will likely prevent the forward from being ready for the start of the season.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:39 PM ET, 01/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Eric Belanger, George McPhee

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Nicklas Backstrom's status uncertain for training camp

Capitals General Manager George McPhee said he can't offer an update on the Swedish center's health until the new CBA is ratified.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:02 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, George McPhee, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 03/03/2010

Caps GM George McPhee on today's moves

Caps GM George McPhee just spoke from Kettler Capitals Iceplex about an extremely busy trade deadline day. Here are some (hastily transcribed) quotes: On how busy the day was "They're always busy. ... nothing happens and then around noon it starts to happen." "I like what we did. We got...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  05:46 PM ET, 03/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Pothier, Eric Belanger, George McPhee, Joe Corvo, Milan Jurcina, Oskar Osala, Scott Walker