Ovechkin says Capitals are in 'middle of nowhere'

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - The Washington Capitals have not made any changes immediately after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

The team says general manager George McPhee met with owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick on Monday and "will do so again later this week or next." McPhee's contract is up.

Coach Adam Oates, who has one year left on his deal, says he has not yet received any indication about his future.

The Capitals had the ninth-best record in the Eastern Conference with 90 points, three fewer than Columbus and Detroit, who got wild-card berths.

Captain Alex Ovechkin led the NHL with 51 goals but also had a minus-35 rating, among the league's worst. He says the team is in the "middle of nowhere" and in a "hard position."


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