Report: Mike Gillis, Darcy Regier and Jay Feaster among candidates for Capitals GM

by May 12, 8:58 PM
Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE / Reuters

The Washington Capitals are in need of a new general manager, and three candidates appear to have jumped to the front of the pack in the mind of owner Ted Leonsis. 

All three were released from their former positions over the course of the past season (Gillis from the Vancouver Canucks, Regier from the Buffalo Sabres and Feaster from the Calgary Flames), and with a head coach to hire and questions abounding in terms of the makeup of the team, whoever gets the job will have to hit the ground running.

May 26, 10:33 AM

Report: Capitals executive MacLellan played role in Trotz interviews; could be next GM

by May 26, 10:33 AM
Geoff Burke / US PRESSWIRE

When news broke this weekend about an imminent agreement between former long-time Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals, it upset the "natural order of things." In the NHL, it's very rare for a coach to be installed while the general manager's office remains vacant.

There are several different theories that might serve to explain why the Capitals felt comfortable closing a deal on a coach without first hiring a top executive. The first theory: perhaps the Capitals are set on Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton, or former Penguins general manager Ray Shero. Both Fenton and Shero came up with the Predators organization, and have close ties with Trotz.

Another theory: perhaps the Capitals are set to hire the successor to George McPhee in-house. The in-house theory was stoked at length by CBC's Elliotte Friedman in his weekly "30 Thoughts" column Monday morning, when he suggested that Capitals assistant general manager and director of player personnel Brian MacLellan is a very serious candidate:

According to several sources, (MacLellan) was involved in the Trotz interviews and helped show him around the U.S. capital. It is unlikely someone on the way out would be so heavily involved. When this process started, his hiring would be a surprise. Not anymore.

If MacLellan is the guy who ultimately lands the job, it sounds like he'll have emerged from a lengthy list of contenders. Friedman listed the contenders at length Monday:

It sounds like the Capitals interviewed and/or talked to about 10 people for the job, including Craig Button, Jay Feaster, Paul Fenton, Brian MacLellan, Ross Mahoney, Darcy Regier, Don Sweeney and God only knows who else. I suspect there was some kind of contact with Mike Gillis and Ray Shero, but don't have confirmation.

May 21, 7:36 PM

Report: Capitals will reach out to Ray Shero about vacant GM position

by May 21, 7:36 PM
Charles LeClaire / US PRESSWIRE

While the Washington Capitals are already linked to three other candidates, Pierre LeBrun reports they are also looking at former Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero to fill their vacant position: industry source (not a Caps source) believed Wednesday that Washington will most likely reach out to fired Penguins GM Ray Shero at some point. It’s believed Paul Fenton (Preds assistant GM) and Don Sweeney (Bruins assistant GM) are among other candidates in the mix for the GM job.

The Capitals would ideally like to hire their new general manager sometime soon, which would give them ample time to create a draft strategy.