The Washington Capitals missed out on the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and have decided it is time for a change, firing head coach Adam Oates and and electing not to renew the contract of general manager George McPhee.
After the season Oates said they failed to get it done.
“We didn’t get it done. We were close. We didn’t get it done,” Oates said, via the Washington Post. “We want to achieve our goals and when you fail, we’re first. Our job is to be the constant and set the tone for them when they walk in and be positive. We’re also upset.”
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin had supported Oates to stay on another season.
“I think he has one more year on his contract,” Ovechkin said, via the Washington Post. “We’ll see what happens.
“For me and for the team, I don’t know how many times we talk about the changes. It’s not about me or Backy [Nicklas Backstrom] or somebody else. It starts more on top if they want to change who they have to change.
“If they want to talk to me about it I will talk. But I’m not going to say something like, ‘We have to change coach, we have to make trades, or we have to do something with George.
“If it’s going to happen, I’m going to talk to the team. I’m not going to say it to the media. I respect everybody in this organization. They say lots of good things about me and I’m not going to say bad things to their face.”