Is Wayne Gretzky still under consideration to be the next president of the Capitals? Is Dick Patrick prepared to forfeit that title and the responsibilities that go with it? Has Ray Shero emerged as the leading candidate to replace George McPhee as general manager? If so, would he hire Barry Trotz, Dan Bylsma or Jacques Martin as his head coach? And what about Don Sweeney and Paul Fenton? Are they still in the mix? The Capitals are now in their fourth week without a general manager and coach and with 39 days remaining before the NHL draft, the questions surrounding them remain unanswered. A source close to Gretzky said Monday that the 53-year-old native of Brantford, Ontario very much wants to be president of the Capitals and would consider former Columbus general manager Doug MacLean as his general manager. However, the source said Gretzky has not had more than a few casual conversations with the Capitals and believes that if they really wanted Gretzky they would have hired him by now. It is entirely possible that Patrick is not prepared to surrender the duties he has had with the Capitals since 1982. The Capitals reportedly have interviewed Sweeney, the 47-year-old assistant general manager of the Bruins, for the vacant general manager’s job. Sweeney played 16 seasons in the NHL from 1988-2004, logging more than 1,100 games for the Bruins and Dallas Stars. He has spent the past eight seasons in the Bruins’ front office, first as a director of player development, then as a director of hockey operations. He became assistant general manager in 2010. The Caps reportedly have also interviewed Paul Fenton, the 54-year-old assistant general manager of the Nashville Predators. Fenton has served under Preds general manager David Poile for the past eight years while also managing the roster of the AHL Milwaukee Admirals. The Caps could be waiting to speak with Shero before making their final decision on a GM.
Plenty of questions surround Caps' GM search
CSN Washington | May 20