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McPhee has been in Washington since their only Stanley Cup finals berth in 1998. Since that time, the Capitals have hit a downward spiral that created very dark days in the nation's capital for hockey.
McPhee's horrible teams were rewarded with high draft picks for consecutive years. One of those picks was used to draft Alexander Ovechkin, who would forever change the team's identity and pack fans into seats.
After Washington's first Ovechkin-era playoff series, a loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, many pegged Washington as a favorite to win the Stanley Cup for several years in a row. The teams McPhee has created have failed to make it past the second round of the playoffs.
Washington's best chance at a run to the finals ended against the Pittsburgh Penguins when McPhee added such notable players as Sergei Fedorov, Cristobal Huet and Matt Cooke.
Fast forward to this season when McPhee chose to release long-time bench boss Bruce Boudreau. Boudreau was a scapegoat for an underachieving Washington team that just could not pull themselves together to win like in years past. Boudreau was let go and immediately picked up by the even more disappointing Anaheim Ducks, whom he led to an impressive late-season run.
Head coach Dale Hunter has looked like he is in way over his head all year long in his first professional coaching gig. McPhee's free-agent signings, Roman Hamrlik and Joel Ward, who were both signed for big money, have been healthy scratches for a large number of games, and the Capitals are on the verge of missing the playoffs.
Once an absolute lock to be a top seed in the East, the Caps are right on the inside of the playoff bubble, playing with little confidence, as shown by a recent embarrassing 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
If Caps owner Ted Leonsis keeps McPhee around for another year, people in Washington are going to start to question who is actually in charge of that franchise, as McPhee has overstayed his welcome by a decade, at least.
Chance GM is back with his team in 2012-13: 80 percent