So… Who replaces McPhee in Washington?

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Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis (pictured) has some big decisions to make now that he’s not bringing back now former general manager George McPhee.

Finding a new GM is something the Capitals haven’t had to do since 1997 when McPhee was brought in and, fortunately for Leonsis, there are a lot of qualified people to choose from.

CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley ran down a list of names that immediately jumped to mind. Gormley’s list includes some names that came up during the Buffalo Sabres’ search for a new GM including Boston Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning and Nashville Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton. Former Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis is a curious name as is Tampa Bay Lightning assistant GM Julien Brisebois.

We ran down a list of other names when we took a look at who might be up for the Canucks GM position. Ones that stand out there include Canucks “capologist” Laurence Gilman, Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Jason Botterill, and San Jose Sharks assistant GM Joe Will.

One name to keep an eye on? Phoenix Coyotes assistant GM Brad Treliving. Treliving was also in on the Sabres job that ultimately went to Tim Murray and he along with Benning were virtual finalists for that position.

Don Maloney has done a great job with the Coyotes and Treliving’s experience working with him could provide the sort of blueprint Leonsis is looking for in Washington.

House cleaning: Capitals part ways with Adam Oates, GM McPhee

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Missing the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07 didn’t come without consequences for the Washington Capitals.

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick announced they will not renew the contract of general manager George McPhee and have fired coach Adam Oates.

McPhee has been with team since 1997 and his ouster comes as more of a surprise than Oates’ release. That said, if the Capitals were making a change at coach, allowing McPhee to make the decision after going through three coaches in three seasons wouldn’t look good on the organization.

Leonsis released a statement regarding both of them:

“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. “Under his leadership the Capitals won seven division titles, twice were the top team in the Eastern Conference, earned a Presidents’ Trophy and competed in the playoffs 10 times. He was a highly effective manager who is extremely well regarded within our organization and around the NHL. We have the utmost respect for him and his family and wish them nothing but the very best.”

“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. 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.”

Oates record as Caps coach was 65-48-17 in two seasons.

After helping Washington reach the playoffs last season, he wasn’t able to get them to overcome struggles this season and helped exacerbate the situation with curious decisions with the lineup. Oates also upset some in Washington by not throwing a lifeline to goalie Jaroslav Halak late in the year when he reportedly opted out of playing against his former team, the St. Louis Blues.

Oates may have sealed his fate when he sparred with Alex Ovechkin regarding his effort backchecking in a game against Dallas.

PHT Morning Skate: Leave Corey Crawford’s equipment alone

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

It was bad enough that Chicago’s Corey Crawford didn’t get his special Stadium Series mask to wear thanks to it not showing up, but now his leg pads have been stolen as well. At least we know now that goalie equipment aren’t the “tools of ignorance” in hockey. (CSNChicago.com)

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Is trading Mike Cammalleri the only option for the Flames? (Calgary Sun)

Speaking of guys who may or may not be traded: What’s up with Martin St. Louis? (Tampa Tribune)

You can take Predators forward David Legwand off your trade wishlist – he’s not going anywhere. (The Tennessean)

Chicago’s Brandon Bollig took notice of the St. Louis Blues acquiring Ryan Miller and Steve Ott. (CSNChicago.com)

Capitals prospect and 2013 first-round pick Andre Burakovsky is having a big first season in Erie and GM George McPhee can’t help but rave about him. (NHL.com)

Speaking of Capitals prospects, the Evgeni Kuznetsov era may be about to begin:

Finally… Oh, Roberto Luongo – you’re just the best. Also, gross.

Capitals don’t see much wrong with Wilson’s hit on Schenn

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The hit Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson put on Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn during the Flyers’ 5-2 win on Tuesday certainly grabbed everyone’s attention.

Wilson’s major penalty for charging helped turn the tide of the game as the Flyers scored twice on the power play. You’d think the Capitals would be upset about a young player taking a bad penalty. You’d be very wrong.

CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley heard from Caps GM George McPhee who called it “a great hit.” Coach Adam Oates said he thought the hit was “clean” and wasn’t worthy of a penalty. Captain Alex Ovechkin even expounded on it.

“To be honest with you I don’t think it was a dirty play,” Ovechkin said. “He saw him coming. He turned and Willy’s a big boy. It’s always dangerous play out there, but it’s hockey.

“When you get a hit, you have to be ready, especially today. I don’t think [Schenn] was ready. Willy finished his check and I don’t think it was two minutes. It was a good hit.”

Safe to say the Flyers feel differently. As for how the league feels, we should find out soon enough.

PHT Morning Skate: Schenn doing ‘all right’ after hit from behind

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Flyers coach Craig Berube says Brayden Schenn is doing “all right” after being run from behind by Capitals forward Tom Wilson. (CSNPhilly.com)

The Capitals, on the other hand, all felt it was a great hit. From GM George McPhee to coach Adam Oates to Alex Ovechkin. (CSNWashington.com)

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Detroit Red Wings’ Riley Sheahan says he feels comfortable with all the other Grand Rapids Griffins to play with after being called up. Know who probably doesn’t feel so hot about it? Red Wings fans. (Detroit Free Press)

Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar says he doesn’t feel worthy of being picked for the Russian Olympic team. That’s very humble and all, Sergei, but they can probably almost certainly use you. (Sun Sports)

Give it up to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville for becoming the fourth-winningest coach in league history. (CSNChicago.com)

Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said they were “embarrassed” at home by the Florida Panthers. It’s getting ugly in Toronto. (TSN)

Good news for the Lightning: Victor Hedman could be back on Thursday. (Tampa Tribune)