3 Reasons the Washington Capitals Will Never Win the Cup Under George McPhee

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3 Reasons the Washington Capitals Will Never Win the Cup Under George McPhee
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George McPhee has been the GM of the Washington Capitals since 1997. In his first year on the job, he got the Caps to the promised land, as he helped guide the club to its first Stanley Cup Final appearance.

For several years, the man known to Caps fans as GMGM seemingly had the Midas touch. He brought the Caps through some of the darkest times in the history of the franchise and made them relevant again.

He saw the Caps through the fire sale of 2003-2004 and the Caps emerged from that a much stronger franchise.

He drafted star players like Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and Mike Green, all of whom helped transform the Caps into one of the true powers of the Eastern Conference.

He has made some recent draft selections which should set the Caps up for the future, such as drafting Evgeny Kuznetsov and Fillip Forsberg.

Yet for all his good work, GMGM has failed to deliver the Stanley Cup to a city and fanbase that has been desperate to hoist the Cup for 39 years now.

What is worse is that McPhee has not been able to get the Caps even back to the Eastern Conference finals since that great run in 1998. In fact, under McPhee's watch, the Caps have endured a string of playoff collapses that is eerily reminiscent of the playoff disasters that haunted this team throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Three of the past four seasons, the Caps have reached the Eastern Conference semifinals and they have yet to break through. They were the No. 1 seed in the East twice and still could not prevail. The loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the 2010 playoffs ranks very high on many lists of the biggest playoff upsets in NHL history.

For all the great things GMGM has done for the Caps over the years, the fact remains that the Caps have never won the Stanley Cup under George McPhee, and it is time to accept a sobering reality.

The Washington Capitals will never win the Stanley Cup with George McPhee as the GM.

Here are three reasons why.

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