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George McPhee Named GM of Las Vegas Franchise

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George McPhee Named GM of New NHL Franchise in Las Vegas

While they do not have a name yet, the Las Vegas expansion team has found their general manager. The teams owner, Bill Foley, announced that George McPhee will serve as the teams general manager.

McPhee spent 7 seasons in the NHL, playing for the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. Following his retirement, McPhee joined the Vancouver Canucks front office, serving as the teams vice president and director of hockey operations.

McPhee became the general manager of the Washington Capitals in 1997, where he would spend 17 seasons running the team. Under McPhee, the Captials made the playoffs 10 times, including a Stanley Cup appearance in 97, his first year as general manager. They won 7 Southeast Division titles and a Presidents Trophy in the 2009-10 season. After firing head coach Bruce Boudreau and failing to find a replacement, Adam Oates and Dale Hunter combined for only three seasons, as well as missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season, the Capitals fired McPhee as general manager.

McPhee joined the New York Islanders at the start of the 2015-16 season, becoming a special assistant to Islanders general manager Garth Snow.

McPhee brought loads of young talent into the Capitals organization, including stars Alexander Ovechkin, Niklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby, and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

McPhee and the Las Vegas franchise will have a tough road ahead of them. The NHL will hold an expansion draft following the 2016-17 season, which will give him his first chance to add players to his franchise. Following the Expansion draft, they club will receive a top 10 pick in the NHL Entry Draft, where they will be able to select a potential franchise player. McPhee and his staff will then get a chance on July 1st to lure top free agents to his club as he looks to put a team on the ice in the fall that can not only play well, but compete for the Stanley Cup.