Capitals fire coach Oates, don't renew contract of GM McPhee
In this April 11, 2014, file photo, Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates stands in the bench area in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Washington. Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick announced Saturday, April 26, 2014, that the Capitals will not renew the contract of vice president and general manager George McPhee and have relieved head coach Oates of his duties. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, April 26, 2014 11:20AM EDT
WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals fired coach Adam Oates and won't renew the contract of general manager George McPhee after failing to make the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2007.
The team announced the moves in a news release Saturday.
Oates, a former star player for the Capitals, had one season left on his three-year contract. This was his first job as a head coach.
McPhee's contract was up. He has been the GM of the team for 17 years, drafting Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom in the first round.
While Ovechkin has won three league MVP awards and again led the NHL in scoring this season with 51 goals, the Capitals haven't made it past the second round of the playoffs during the Russian forward's tenure.