Washington Capitals appoint new general manager on Monday.

Washington Capitals appoint new general manager on Monday.

The Washington Capitals have made a major change to their front office, appointing a new general manager on Monday.

Jonathan Larivee

The Washington Capitals have just made a major shakeup to their front office.

According to a report from National Hockey League insider Elliotte Friedman, the Capitals have appointed a new general manager on Monday morning. Taking over as general manager will be Chris Patrick who is being promoted from within the organization, Patrick previously served as an associate general manager under previous general manager Brian MacLellan.

MacLellan isn't leaving the organization, he will continue to serve as the president of hockey operations for the Capitals and it is being reported that Patrick will report directly to MacLellan in his new role.

MacLellan has served as general manager of the franchise for the past 10 seasons and will likely go down as one of the greatest general managers in franchise history, having helped bring the organization's only Stanley Cup title to Washington in 2018.

The Capitals were one of the busiest teams this summer making several moves signing defenseman Matt Roy to a long term deal and trading for defenseman Jakob Chychrun just to name a few and it does make me wonder how influential Patrick was in those decisions given his recent promotion.

This marks the first time in Capitals franchise history that the team will operate under this structure, with the roles of president of hockey operations and general manager being filled by two different individuals, and only time will tell if they can achieve success under that new structure.