Washington Capitals: 5 Best Moves of George McPhee's Tenure as GM

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Washington Capitals: 5 Best Moves of George McPhee's Tenure as GM
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Whatever you do, don't mess with George McPhee.

From a distance, McPhee might look like the shy, silent type. Not a chance. There probably isn't a more bruising guy sitting in an NHL front office than him—both on the ice, and apparently off of it as well.

The Ontario native isn't big, but during his playing days he jumped at the chance to mix it up with the most imposing fighters in the NHL. His white-hot temper followed him to the front office after joining the Capitals in 1997. Two years into his gig, McPhee punched out then-Chicago Blackhawks head coach Lorne Molleken outside the locker room after an exhibition game that McPhee thought had gotten just a tad dirty. That little scuffle earned him a month suspension and a $20,000 fine. Whatever. McPhee don't care.

It's clear he takes all of that fire with him to the negotiating table. McPhee is 15 years into his tenure as general manager of the Washington Capitals. Here are the five moves to prove that McPhee is a stone-cold killer in the front office.

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