The team announced the hire shortly before 11 AM on Wednesday morning as the team prepared for it's second preseason game at Barclays Center this season. McPhee was the Washington Capitals general manager for 17 years before he was fired on April 26, 2014.
“George brings a tremendous amount of experience and insight to our front office,” Snow said in a statement. “His ability to evaluate players along with his managerial skills, are an asset that we’re thrilled to add to our Hockey Operations Department.”
News that McPhee had been scouting for the Islanders on a part-time basis was first reported by Sportnet's Elliot Friedman last December. McPhee was also seen around the Islanders' practice facility on several occasions last year.
“I’m excited to join such a storied franchise,” McPhee said in a statement. “The Islanders have a great young team and I’m looking forward to contributing in any way I can to help them get to the next level.”
The specifics of what McPhee's new role entails are unclear, but it does raise some questions if this changes Doug Weight's role with the team -- he serves as the assistant general manager along with his coaching duties -- and what this means for Snow's long term job security.
The new ownership change after this season puts Jon Ledecky, a former owner of the Washington Capitals, and Scott Malkin in control, which could shorten the leash on everyone from coaches to management if the team struggles. That being said, Snow has proven time and time again that he is more than a capable general manager, but with the team having to think -- for the first time in his tenure -- with the salary cap in mind McPhee could be an asset that comes in use.