Report: George McPhee will be GM of Las Vegas expansion team

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The Las Vegas expansion franchise will name former Capitals general manager George McPhee as its general manager, reports ESPN’s Scott Burnside.

The NHL announced it would be adding a 31st team to the league in June. Las Vegas owner Bill Foley made the decision to hire McPhee with the help former player Murray Craven, according to the report.

McPhee has worked as an advisor to Islanders GM Garth Snow since September of last year. McPhee served as the GM of the Capitals from 1997–2014. 

The Capitals made the Stanley Cup Final in McPhee’s first season. He later rebuilt the team in the mid–2000s, drafting Alexander Ovechkin and ushering in a new era of Capitals success. 

McPhee will be responsible for hiring the Las Vegas coaching staff, according to Burnside. The team will fill its roster via an expansion draft and begin play in the 2017–18 season.

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