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Caps make it official — Oates is the new head coach

Jun 26, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

Adam Oates

Confirming earlier reports, the Washington Capitals have announced Adam Oates is their new head coach.

“Adam was a highly intelligent player in the NHL for 19 seasons,” said Caps GM George McPhee in a release. “He has been an assistant coach in our conference for the past three seasons and is prepared to lead our club as head coach.”

We assume there will be an introductory press conference, at which point reporters can ask Oates about his hockey philosophy. For example, does he plan to let Alex Ovechkin off his leash?

Oates was an offensive machine during his NHL career and served as set-up man for Brett Hull, one of the greatest goal-scorers of all time.

Of course, Oates he was also an assistant coach in New Jersey under Jacques Lemaire, one of the greatest defensive minds of all time.

  1. kantnockdahustle89 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    A lot of Caps fans are on the fence about Oates. A lot of Caps fans also wanted a coach with no previous ties to the team for obvious reasons…failure. Ron Wilson was the last one with no ties and he took them to the Cup.
    I for one am happy about the hire because of his long career in the NHL and under many great coaches. I also hope he can help some of our centers get better because that has been our weakest link in the past few years.

    • davidpcoelho - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      You either find a great coach with current NHL experience (like those exist that are not on teams doing really well already…) or take a chance on someone that can end up being a great coach.

      Outside of those two options, you can find a mediocre coach on a mediocre team and we already got rid of Bruce

      • babykaby - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:14 AM

        A mediocre coach does NOT come to a team with a losing record, get them to the playoffs for five years straight, win their division repeatedly, win the conference, and win the president’s trophy all in the first five years of his NHL coaching career. You obviously do not know the definition of the word mediocre. Hate Bruce all you want, but don’t fool yourself into believing he is mediocre. You’re lack of basic hockey knowledge is blaring.

      • babykaby - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:17 AM

        Sorry, that should have read “your” not “you’re”.

  2. govtminion - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    …I’m glad they found a coach, but… I never realized how much he looks like Sam Donaldson.

    • dchillin - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      Nah man he looks just like Ray Liotta- Goodfellas

  3. capsfan19 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Thank goodness… The wait is over!

  4. dchillin - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Let’s goooo. Favorite player is now the coach! Also an aside, Oates looks just like Ray Liotta from Goodfellas

  5. acieu - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Bad move they passed on Jon Cooper one of the brightest most promising young coaches in the business.

    • stevefromsacto - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      And isn’t Adam Oates also a promising young coach?

      Some George McPhee haters out there blame him for not hiring a seasoned NHL coach with lots of victories. At the same time, others blame him for not hiring a new coach from the minors. In their eyes, he can’t win no matter what he does.

      I prefer to think that choosing a Hall of Famer with strong credentials as an assistant coach these past few years is a good choice. At least give him a chance.

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