Capitals Promote New GM Internally

The Capitals are getting a new general manager next season.

Chris Patrick will take on the role, along with senior VP of hockey operations. He’s stepping up after being an assistant GM for three years, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Brian MacLellan, who held the GM position for ten years, will stay with the team as president of hockey operations. The Capitals confirmed this change soon after.

Patrick’s promotion follows a trend where teams split responsibilities between a GM and a president of hockey operations (POHO). This setup is similar to what the Canucks do with Patrik Allvin and Jim Rutherford. Last August, MacLellan got the POHO title and Patrick was bumped up from assistant to associate GM. Patrick has been part of Washington’s organization since 2009-10, starting as a pro scout before moving up through various roles.

At 48, Chris Patrick has built quite a name for himself. He oversaw the AHL’s Hershey Bears as AGM, leading them to back-to-back Calder Cups and nearly breaking their win record last season with 53 victories. “We are thrilled to announce Chris’ promotion,” said Caps owner Ted Leonsis. “His vision and experience make him perfect for this role.”

New Leadership:

MacLellan moves into his new role after ten years as Washington’s GM. He crafted the team that won their only Stanley Cup in 2018 and has been part of the organization since 2000-01 when he started as a scout.

Fans might wonder if this change will bring fresh energy or just more of the same.

MacLellan now takes on fewer daily tasks but remains with the team he knows so well. His long history with the Capitals means he’ll still have an impact behind the scenes even if he’s not handling day-to-day duties anymore.

What do you think about these changes?

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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