As the 2017 NHL Scouting Combine wrapped up this morning in Buffalo, the league’s newest General Manager, George McPhee of the Vegas Golden Knights, met with the media to discuss the expansion draft, the NHL entry draft, and potential trades, including trading for the Capitals Alex Ovechkin.
McPhee was quickly asked about the chances of trying to sign Alexander Ovechkin or acquiring the Capitals winger by way of a trade. McPhee shot the idea down immediately.
McPhee nixed idea of trade for Alex Ovechkin. “That’s not going to happen. Too many No. 8 jerseys in Washington.”
— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) June 3, 2017
Capitals GM, Brian MacLellan, did little to quiet trade rumors earlier this week when he left open the possibility that Washington could consider trading their leader if a “hockey deal” emerged.
McPhee talked about the need for a face of the new franchise following the scouting combine:
The Knights expansion draft picks will be publicly released as part of the NHL Awards ceremony held June 21 at T-Mobile Arena, the team’s home arena.
By Jon Sorensen