According to a report, former Washington Capitals GM George McPhee is one of the potential candidates to fill the GM role with the Toronto Maple Leafs next season. McPhee was the GM of the Capitals for 17 seasons. Tampa Bay assistant GM Julien Brisebois and New York Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton are reportedly also being considered.
The Toronto Maple Leafs’ search for a GM could come to a close soon, and among those who could be taking over the reins for the NHL’s richest franchise include former Washington Capitals GM George McPhee and current Los Angeles Kings vice president of hockey operations Mike Futa.
According to Sportsnet’s Damien Cox, McPhee and Futa aren’t the only two GMs the Maple Leafs have considered for the post. Reportedly, Toronto is also interested in potentially landing Tampa Bay assistant GM Julien Brisebois or New York Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton.
Of the four potential GMs, both Brisebois and Gorton are still involved in the post-season and are unlikely to interview for the job before their respective playoff runs conclude. It has already been reported the Rangers have declined to allow the Boston Bruins to speak with Gorton. Reports said the Bruins were denied the opportunity to talk with Gorton about the position because of the Rangers’ current involvement in the post-season.
As for Brisebois, Sportnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported there’s uncertainty surrounding his interest in taking on a new role.
“There is some question about whether or not (Brisebois) wants to leave Tampa Bay at this particular time,” said Friedman.
As for Futa, there has been little talk about him landing a GM job elsewhere, but it’s not surprising there is interest in someone coming from a Los Angeles organization that has won two of the past three Stanley Cups. With the work Kings GM Dean Lombardi has done with his club, it doesn’t appear there will be much opportunity for Futa to take the head post any time soon, either.
McPhee is one of the most interesting names on the list, though. The GM of the Capitals for nearly two decades, McPhee was responsible for some of the most successful Washington teams in franchise history. He is in large part responsible for the current makeup of the Capitals and built a team that went on to win seven Southeast Division titles.
Over the course of his tenure in Washington, the Capitals posted a record of 658-514-69-119 in 1360 games. Some, however, still associate McPhee with the trade that brought Martin Erat to Washington from Nashville in exchange for 2014-15 Calder Trophy nominee Filip Forsberg.
Saturday, Cox said he believed there had been some talk between McPhee and the Maple Leafs front office about the position during the World Championship in the Czech Republic. Nothing is official, however, and Friedman added that McPhee has also been in talks with the Bruins about their GM vacancy.
The Maple Leafs GM job has been vacant since the club fired Dave Nonis on April 12.